PP Scouting Report: 3B, Brian Myrow

3B, Brian Myrow

The Yankees acquired Brian Myrow from the Winnipeg Goldeyes during the 2001 season and gave him an opportunity to prove himself in the minor leagues. Since he joined the Yankees' system, Myrow has done nothing but impress scouts with his talent at the plate. The converted third baseman has a phenomenal eye at the plate and serious gap power, but, already at the age of 27, will Myrow ever have an impact on the Major Leagues?

Vital Statistics:
Name:
Brian Myrow
Position: 3B, 2B, OF
DOB: September 4, 1976
Place of Birth: Fort Worth, TX
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Bats:
L
Throws:
R
How Acquired: Contract purchased from the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League on June 23, 2001

The Sporting News recently described Myrow as "the best pure hitter in the Yankee system".  While not quite the compliment that it could be given the state of the Yankees' farm system, it says a lot.  Myrow has top-notch patience at the plate, consistently posting on-base percentages that are well over .400 and drawing walks at an impressive pace.  Myrow walked 107 times in 2003 at AA Trenton, good for second-most in the Eastern League.

Myrow's power has been sporadic, with his slugging percentage fluctuating all over the place.  He set career-highs with 18 homeruns and 31 doubles this season, but he only hit eight homers and 28 doubles last season.  Myrow has gap power, which means he should develop into an excellent doubles hitter but his homerun total could remain relatively low.  His offensive numbers could resemble the late-90's, early 2000's version of Edgar Martinez, but with fewer homeruns.

One possible concern is that Myrow's strikeout numbers are very high.  However, the high K-rate is very much offset by his high walk rate and is more a sign of being able to work pitchers deep into counts than anything else.  Myrow is a patient hitter, and that's usually a positive aspect for a batter.

Originally a second baseman in the Independent Northern League, the Yankees moved Myrow to third base when he came to Tampa in 2001.  Out of his original position, Myrow's defense suffered, and it continues to suffer.  He committed 28 errors this season, playing 86 games at third, 24 games at second and 16 games in the outfield.  Only two major leaguers (at any position) had more than 28 errors this season, Atlanta's Rafael Furcal and Chicago's Aramis Ramirez.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2003

Trenton .306 461 31 18 78 99 6 107 113 .447 .525
2002 Norwich .303 188 16 3 30 37 5 41 42 .441 .436
2002 Tampa .280 225 12 5 40 29 0 42 45 .409 .409
2001 Tampa .255 149 11 3 28 30 5 32 29 .387 .403
99-01 Winnipeg .322 345 30 15 80 64 4 85 63 .459 .551
1999 U. of Michigan .371 248 20 9 50 75 4 41 40 .465 .593
 


Batting and Power: Myrow has gap power right now, which will translate to a lot of doubles and about 15-25 homeruns unless he puts on more muscle.  He is a patient hitter that draws a ton of walks and can drive the ball.

Base Running and Speed:  Myrow isn't a speedster, but he's no slouch on the basepaths.  He's capable of swiping a base from time to time, and his success rate is pretty good (around 80%).

Defense:  His defense at third base is suspect at best, as evidenced by his 28 errors this year.  He can play second base as well as the outfield though. 

Projection:  Backup infielder, possible starter.

ETA: Late 2004.  Myrow will start the 2004 season at AAA Columbus and, if he performs, will earn a callup sometime during the season.  Myrow is already 27 years old, however, and needs to get moving if he wants to make a splash in the majors before he peaks.

Notes: Named to the Eastern League Northern Division All-Star team in 2003... Florida State League West Division All-Star in 2002... Led the Eastern League in runs and was second in slugging percentage and walks... tied Thunder record by scoring five runs in one game on September 6, 2003.

Third Basemen

2003 Team

Drew Henson AAA - Columbus Clippers
Brian Myrow AA - Trenton Thunder
Bo Robinson AA - Trenton Thunder
Elvis Corporan A - Tampa Yankees
Hector Zamora A - Staten Island Yankees
Eric Duncan R - Gulf Coast Yankees
Hector Gonzalez R - Gulf Coast Yankees

COMMENTS:

1. Drew Henson - Everyone knows by now about the trials and tribulations of Henson.  He had another miserable season at AAA and, at this point, doesn't appear to be Major-League material.  He's got serious power, but he can't make consistent contact, and his defense is poor (28 errors in 132 games at 3B).

2. Bo Robinson - 28 year old former Seattle farmhand signed with the Yankees after the 2002 season.  Originally a top-notch prospect, batting average has dropped every season since 1999 (hit .238 in 2003).

3. Elvis Corporan - 23 years old, light-hitting speedster (19 career minor-league triples, 54 stolen bases, caught just 6 times).

4. Hector Zamora - Yankees' 21st round draft pick in 2002, hit .253 in 225 at bats.

5. Eric Duncan - Yankees first overall pick in the 2003 draft.  Has drawn comparisons to Chipper Jones.  Hit a combined .301 in 239 at bats between GC and SI.

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