Welcome To The Show: Myles Straw - Houston Astros

On Saturday the Houston Astros called up speedster Myles Straw. The left fielder isn’t what you would call must-add in 12-team mixed leagues, but he falls into another spot that’s interesting down the stretch as we chase titles in our respective leagues. Straw is must-stream for any managers looking to make up ground in stolen bases. There’s no guarantees of playing time in a crowded Houston lineup, but if you see the green check next to Straw’s name, I’d take a flier and see if you can rack up a steal or two. Having watched a lot of Fresno this year I’m familiar with Straw. His first half was tremendous from an average/OBP stand point, but dropped off as the season wore on, hitting just .227 after July 1st. As far as game power,30-grade seems aggressive. Catch my drift? His swing is linear at its best, while at other times he’ll get out on his front foot and beat balls into the ground. A majority of his contact is to the opposite field, going to right field nearly 50% of the time. I’d put the hit at a 50, but the approach at a 55. He works counts, spits on breaking stuff on the outer-half, and waits for pitches he can hit. This part of his game really boosts the overall value for a player that stole 70 bases on 79 attempts in the upper-minors this season. The skill set adds up to a perfect fourth outfielder in the bigs, and a speed streamer in all formats of fantasy.