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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Scouting Report, RHP Brett Myers

I'm not going to detail the history of Brett Myers because I'm tired of talking about domestic disputes.

The 30 year old spent the last 8 years with the Phillies, and signed this off-season with the Astros. He's 81-70 for his career, with a 4.25 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.

He's a four-pitch pitcher, and he has seen his fastball velocity decline over the last few years and now averages 89 mph (throws both two and four seam). He also throws a slider (84 mph), curve (76 mph) and change-up (83 mph). His slider and curve (best pitch over his career) have been his two best pitches this year, and his fastball is well below-average. He's increased his slider use to 27% this year from 18%.

This year he's 8-7 in 24 starts (164 innings) and has a 3.13 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. His K/9 rate is right around 7, and he's walking 2.6 W/9. He's had quality starts in 7 of his last 8 games since July 4th. His last start he went 7 strong innings versus the Pirates, allowed only 1 run on 7 hits, but was not involved in the decision.

His name was active around the trade deadline, but he wound up signing a contract extension with the Astros and is guaranteed 21 million over the next two years.

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