Center Field - Houston Astros
Height: 5' 10"
Date of Birth: October 17, 1994 (26 years old)
Astros' Myles Straw: Swipes bag Tuesday
Straw went 1-for-2 with a stolen base in Tuesday's spring game against the Mets.This was Straw's second Grapefruit League game and second time he started in center field and batted leadoff. He's projected for both roles in 2021, but the speedy Straw will need to hit better than last year's .500 OPS. Thus far, he's rapped out three hits in four spring at-bats, and Tuesday's steal was his first.
Astros' Myles Straw: Starts in CF, leads off
Straw started in center field, batted leadoff and went 2-for-2 in Sunday's spring game against the Marlins.Straw's audition to take over center field in the wake of George Springer's departure got off to a good start. He's worked extensively during the offseason on altering his swing plane, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, which he feels has come along this spring. "That's one of the biggest things for me," Straw said. "Even in practice, whether in the cage or live BPs, it's starting to feel a lot better." As for being the team's leadoff hitter, Straw's shown good on-base ability in the minors (.394 OBP) but struggled in that area during 2020, when he slashed .207/.244/.256 in 33 games.
Astros' Myles Straw: Atop CF depth chart
Straw will be given the opportunity to become the starting center fielder, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports.With George Springer now in Toronto, the Astros need to fill a huge gap in the lineup. Not only was Springer the starting center fielder, he was Houston's leadoff batter. Entering training camp, the center field job is Straw's to lose, and he could be in the mix as a leadoff hitter. The 26-year-old batted atop the order five times in 2020, and old-school manager Dusty Baker may want a traditional speedster like Straw batting first.
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