Myles Straw
Myles Straw
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Houston Astros
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Tim Locastro was the only player in MLB in 2019 who had a faster sprint time from home to first than Straw. By average sprint speed, only Locastro, Trea Turner and Byron Buxton were faster in 2019. Straw can absolutely fly and stole 70 bases in the minors between Double-A and Triple-A in 2018. Last year, he was 27-for-32 between Triple-A and the majors in 122 games. The last thing a pitcher wants to do is walk this guy, but they still do as Straw has had a double-digit walk rate in all but one stop on his climb to the major leagues. This is Billy Hamilton, but a version of Hamilton that does not get the bat knocked out of his hands. Straw does not have power, but handles the bat well enough to make good opposite-field contact to get on base. The deep roster limits him to the bench, but Straw can still provide 15-20 steals over the course of the season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Astros in 2015 that includes a $100,00 signing bonus.
Starts for Springer
SSHouston Astros
September 22, 2020
Straw started in center field and went 0-for-4 in Monday's 6-1 loss to the Mariners.
ANALYSIS
Straw got the start in place of a resting George Springer, who according to Statcast data was a high risk for injury. Springer is expected to finish out the season in center field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+58%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+996%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .469 69 13 0 3 2 .175 .246 .222
Since 2018vs Right .742 153 26 1 13 14 .284 .368 .373
2020vs Left .069 29 2 0 0 0 .034 .034 .034
2020vs Right .756 55 6 0 8 6 .314 .364 .392
2019vs Left .782 40 10 0 3 2 .294 .400 .382
2019vs Right .692 88 17 0 4 6 .257 .368 .324
2018vs Left .000 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Right 1.067 10 3 1 1 2 .333 .400 .667
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+40%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .542 107 15 0 10 7 .219 .292 .250
Since 2018Away .761 115 24 1 6 9 .277 .365 .396
2020Home .466 40 1 0 6 3 .189 .250 .216
2020Away .552 44 7 0 2 3 .233 .250 .302
2019Home .599 66 11 0 4 3 .241 .323 .276
2019Away .855 62 16 0 3 5 .300 .435 .420
2018Home .000 1 3 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2018Away 1.194 9 1 1 1 1 .375 .444 .750
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Stat Review
How does Myles Straw compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.18
 
BB Rate
4.7%
 
K Rate
25.6%
 
BABIP
.283
 
ISO
.049
 
AVG
.207
 
OBP
.244
 
SLG
.256
 
OPS
.500
 
wOBA
.231
 
Exit Velocity
79.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.7%
 
Barrels/PA
1.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Straw was promoted to the majors in mid-September, hitting a homer and swiping two bases over just 10 plate appearances. That power isn't real, as the homer was just the fourth of his four-year professional career, but the speed certainly is. He'd already stolen 70 bases in the minors last season before his callup, and he was included on the Astros' postseason roster almost exclusively for his wheels. That speed should certainly interest fantasy owners, but steals are much more valuable in fantasy than reality, and if a player can't do much else, he won't get much playing time. Don't write off Straw completely, as he's still 24 with room to grow, but a .257/.349/.317 line in 66 Triple-A games and a complete lack of power give little reason to believe he'll carve out a significant role on Houston's loaded roster in 2019.
Straw appears interesting on paper, but he profiles as a fourth or fifth outfielder long term and is unlikely to reach the majors this season. He is a threat on the bases (81 steals in 111 minor-league attempts), but his complete lack of power will hold him back. His opposite-field approach (45.8 percent at High-A) is great for a player who wants to hit a bunch of singles, but he doesn't do damage when he hits the ball. He should open the year at Double-A and could make his major-league debut (possibly in another organization) in 2019.
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Enters for injured Reddick
SSHouston Astros
September 6, 2020
Straw entered Sunday's game after Josh Reddick left with an elbow injury. He went 0-for-1 in a 9-5 loss to the Angels.
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Plays both ends of doubleheader
SSHouston Astros
August 26, 2020
Straw went 1-for-8 with an RBI over both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels.
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Fills in for Springer
SSHouston Astros
August 25, 2020
Straw entered Monday's game after George Springer was removed due to an elbow injury. He went 1-for-1 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in an 11-4 win over the Angels.
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Records fifth steal
SSHouston Astros
August 21, 2020
Straw went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a stolen base and a walk in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Padres.
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Fills in for Springer
SSHouston Astros
August 18, 2020
Straw was a late addition to the starting lineup Tuesday after George Springer (wrist) was scratched. He went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI in a 2-1 win over Colorado.
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