Interview With Cleveland Indians Prospect – Bryson Myles
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By Brooke Robinson (MLB Reports Reporter): Follow @bka_9
Outside of the Cleveland Indians’ circles, the name Bryson Myles isn’t very well-known… yet. But to those in the organization and from his native Dallas/Fort Worth area, his name brings a ton of excitement.
Myles was a 6th Round Draft pick of the 2011 Amateur Draft by the Indians. He was scouted from Stephen F. Austin University, where he led the nation in Stolen Bases in 2011 with 53.
He spent his first professional season with short season Mahoning Valley where he produced a .302/.394/.401 Batting Line.
In his first full season in 2012 with the Lake County Captains, the Outfielder had 20 Doubles to go with his 20 Stolen Bases for the season – and was ranked 15th prospect in the Indians Prospect Insider handbook.
Bryson Miles 2012 Highlights:
Myles has had an incredible start to the 2013 season with the Carolina Mudcats. In his first five games, he has posted a .421/.500/.684 batting line.
He is currently 11th in Carolina League Batting Rankings, ahead of former 1st Round Draft pick Tyler Naquin. With speed like Rickey Henderson, but still in the frame of his former linebacker body, Myles is an interesting combination of speed and power. Although early in the season, keep your eyes peeled for this Outfielder.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing him play for the last eight years, and recently had the chance to catch up with him at Spring Training in Arizona.
MLB Reports: Were there any players during your childhood that you looked up to?
Myles: Ken Griffey Jr. Mainly because of how he played the game, always hustled hard. Growing up I tried to mimic my style of game after him, but then I realized that I had to develop a style of my own.
MLB Reports: What current player would you take a lesson from?
Myles: Brandon Phillips. I just admire the way he plays the game, like Griffey – he is enthusiastic and always has fun on the field. And that’s really how I want to play the game as well.
MLB Reports: What were your first thoughts when you found out the Indians drafted you?
Myles: Honestly, I thought this is where the real work begins. You know, half the battle is just getting picked up by someone. But then the reality set in that now I get to work towards my goal, and that’s playing in the major leagues.
MLB Reports: What would you say is your greatest skill set currently?
Myles: Can I say my speed? My speed. I have the ability to hit the ball out of the park, but I know that my greatest ability is getting on base, and making plays once I’m there. One thing I think I overlooked in high school and college is good decision-making in base running, and I’ve really worked on that.
MLB Reports: What would you say is your proudest moment on the baseball field?
Myles: There isn’t one that really sticks out… Looking back on all the things that I’ve learned and how I’ve grown as a whole is as equally important as anything that’s happened in my career.
MLB Reports: What would you say is something you try to improve on?
Myles: Working the count. Finding pitches I can hammer versus just free swinging. One thing I’ve really worked on this spring training is waiting for that one pitch and making sure I don’t miss it.
MLB Reports: What did you think of Francona and the team’s version of the Harlem Shake?
Myles: It was awesome. In the few times I’ve seen Francona, he’s just amazing. He keeps things light in the clubhouse and loves to laugh. And I think that this video shows the direction that the Indians are moving towards. They’re very fan-based, community-oriented, and want to keep a fun atmosphere. I have nothing bad to say about the video. I loved it.
MLB Reports: Weirdest thing a fan has asked you to sign?
Myles: My first season at Mahoning Valley, a girl asked me to sign her forehead.
MLB Reports: What are some of your superstitions?
Myles: I always put on my left sock before my right, left shoe before the right. Everyday. I don’t trim my nails when I’m hitting well, I always take two swings with the weight on the bat, and I always take a shower right before I play.
MLB Reports: If you stopped playing baseball today, what would you do instead?
Myles: I would go back and graduate. Then I would apply my knowledge of baseball and get involved in coaching.
MLB Reports: You played in your first Major League games during Spring Training. What would you say was the best part?
Myles: The encouragement from the veterans. People like Francona, Bourn, Swisher just latched on to me and fed me knowledge. So when it finally came time for me to go in, I think that really helped calm me down.
MLB Reports: Tell us about your first encounter with Francona.
Myles: I went to introduce myself in my first game and he asked me where I went to school. I couldn’t think of anything and just stood there for about four seconds til I remembered. He probably thinks I’m one of the dumbest people, but I was just so nervous.
MLB Reports: Bryson, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me. I really enjoyed it. Hopefully we see you on the big league field again very soon!
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘reporter’ Brooke Robinson for preparing today’s featured article. Brooke is a junior Sport Management major at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Spending time at the Texas Rangers spring training facility in Arizona and seeing all of the prospects are what she loves most about baseball. Feel free to follow Brooke on twitter and talk the game of baseball with her. Follow @bka_9
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Posted on April 13, 2013, in On the Verge: MLB Prospects, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @bka_9 on twitter, brandon phillips, brooke robinson, bryson myles, carolina mudcats, Cleveland, cleveland indians, cleveland indians spring training, Indians Prospects 2013, ken griffey jr, lake county captains, mahoning valley, michael bourn, nick swisher, rickey henderson, Stephen F. Austin University, Terry Francona, tyler naquin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.