Thursday, June 17, 2004
Nice pickup for LAPosted by Matthew Namee
Earlier this week, the Yankees sent 3B Brian Myrow to the Dodgers to complete last month's trade for Tanyon Sturtze. This is a great pickup for LA. Sturtze is a scrap-heap starter, but Myrow is a very underrated talent. His name briefly came up over the winter as a candidate for the Yankee third base job after Aaron Boone went down, though it's hard to believe he was seriously considered for the job.
Still, Myrow is a good player. At 27, he's too old to be considered a prospect, but entered 2004 with a Youkilis-esque .300/.439/.487 line in his minor-league career. Last year, Myrow hit .306/.447/.525 with 31 doubles, 8 triples, 18 homers, 107 walks, and 16 HBP for AA Trenton.
So far this season, Myrow hasn't been quite so hot a hitter -- his numbers with Columbus are a so-so .268/.365/.433. But his track record is excellent, and I'm glad to have him on the Dodgers.
Matthew Namee cofounded The Hardball Times in 2004, when he was working as the assistant to baseball author and Red Sox executive Bill James. Matthew still lives in Kansas, where he is currently pursuing a law degree. He can be reached at mfnamee [at] gmail [dot] com.