Yesterday the Houston Astros named now former starter Brett Myers to be their opening day closer. At first glance I questioned the move, but that glance lasted only a second. Brandon Lyon is a joke for a closer, and there is little depth behind him other than Myers. Also, Myers has the mentality to close along with decent stuff to give it his all for one inning per game.
Myers is a four-pitch pitcher. He throws a 90 MPH fastball, a slider, curveball and changeup. He will likely remove the curveball from his pitch selection and use his changeup as an out pitch.
With that being said, let's throw in a few more factoids. Myers will be 32 and has been a starter his whole career. It will be interesting to see how his arm reacts coming in for three straight games and doing that over and over again. His career ERA of 4.24 and his K/9 is 7.35. Nothing impressive there. The only thing I like about Myers is his ability to grind out three outs in the ninth inning.
Other than that, Myers will likely have problems. He will have to teach himself a different way of pitching both physically and mentally. If he fails, Lyon will likely get another chance. The wild card in the Astros bullpen is Wilton Lopez. He closed in the minors and three good pitches, which includes a 94 MPH fastball. He could be Houston's closer come season's end.
The Closer Report 2012 Projections: 27 SV, 5 Wins, 3.86 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 60 K
2012 Fantasy Draft Analysis
I'd steer very clear of Myers. Clearly you can draft him late, so if you decide to draft him in round 23, 24 or 25 it's worth a shot. Other than that, I wouldn't touch him.
Todd Farino, www.thecloserreport.com
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