OF Noah Myers, 30th round (897th overall) - Toronto Blue Jays
With their 30th round (897th overall) pick, the Toronto Blue Jays have selected OF Noah Myers.
Hometown: Wyoming, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’3” 195 lbs.
School: Wabash Valley College
Coach: Rob Fournier
College Commitment: South Carolina
Previous Teams: Great Lake Canadians, Wyoming Wranglers, Sarnia Braves
Previous Coaches: Chris Robinson, Jeff Helps, Shane Davis, Adam Stern (Canadians), Craig Steadman (Wranglers), Ian Bridges (Braves)
Most influential people in his baseball life: “Other than my family, (coaches) Chris Robinson and Rob Fournier. Chris helped me to not only get to Wabash but has worked with me to not only become a better player but how to carry myself off the field. Coach Fournier gave me a chance to come to one of the best JUCOs in the country and has given me lots of opportunities. The biggest thing I take away from him is the mental toughness that he has taught me to be the same guy whether I am having a good or bad day. It has taken my game to the next level and gives me a chance to be successful every day.”
Good genes runs in the family: “I am the first person in my family to play ball at school. Most of my family played hockey and my mom (Lisa Myers) is a runner, running the Boston Marathon a few years ago.”
Learning the ropes: “I started playing in peewee for the Sarnia Braves and spent two years with coach Ian Bridges, who helped me get going and learn the game. Next I played for the Wyoming Wranglers in my hometown for Craig Steadman for a year, where I played with a lot of my close friends and really started to find myself as a player. For the three years before I came to Wabash Valley I played for the Great Lake Canadians. This was a great opportunity for me as the coaches had all been through college and pro ball and could talk to me to prepare me for school and what to expect.”
Scout: Matt Huck
Twitter Handle: @Noah_Myers5
What the scouts are saying:
“He is a solid defender in CF with a below average arm. He can really run, 60 speed, quick first step, solid base-stealer (stole 70 bases this season). Line drive, straight away approach. Hits from gap to gap, doubles power. Consistent contact, tough to strikeout. Top of the order type. Heading to South Carolina.” — NL scout.
2019 season, sophomore year at Wabash Valley: Batted .397 with 18 doubles, a triple, eight homers and 60 RBIs ... Had a 1.044 OPS in 59 games while going 77-for-78 on the base paths … Was catalyst for the Warriors all season from the lead-off spot, leading Wabash Valley to a 49-1 record and a Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship ... .Walked more than struck out (60-53) ... Made one error in 65 chances in centre field for a .985 fielding percentage ... Picked up his first hit, walk and stolen base in the season opener against Jackson State ... Knocked in two on a hit and a fly ball in second game of opening day doubleheader, walking and scoring once ... Stole three bases in a double-header against Wallace State, going 2-for-9 with two RBIs and a run scored ... Hitless (0-for-)4 but stole a base and scored against Volunteer State ... Swiped another against Volunteer State, walking twice with a hit and scoring three times ... Knocked in a pair with a triple and two walks against Jefferson College, scoring four runs and stealing a bag ... Ran wild against Dyersburg State, stealing five bases and scoring three times on a base hit and two walks ... Stole another base in the nightcap versus Dyersburg, scoring twice on a hit and walk while driving in one ... Filled the box score against Moraine Valley, going 1-for-3 with two runs, two steals, a walk, and a double that drove in two ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and two stolen bases versus Lincoln Trail ... Later that day, recorded three base hits in five trips, adding three steals, a walk and a run scored ... Victimized Lincoln Trail twice more on the base paths and at the plate the next day, driving in a run and coming around to score once ... Knocked in four runs with two hits (one double) in four at-bats against Southwestern Illinois, scoring once and adding two steals and a walk for good measure ... Scored three times and stole three bags versus Southwestern Illinois, doubling home a run and walking twice ... Walked, stole a base and scored against Brescia ... Reached base three times in five trips against Frontier (double, single, walk), scoring once and adding a stolen base ... Struck out four times against Frontier but knocked in a run on two hits and came around to score in a one-run victory ... Paced the offence with a home run, double, four RBIs and three runs scored against Kaskaskia ... Set the table with three hits and three walks against Lake Land, coming around to score five times ... Pilfered four bags and scored twice versus Lake Land, with a hit and two walks ... Launched a home run against Shawnee as part of a three-hit, three-run, three-RBI attack ... Showed a good eye against Volunteer State, walking four times and notching a hit in five plate appearances, adding two steals and scoring three times ... Terrorized Rend Lake to the tune of three hits (one double), two RBI, two walks, six stolen bases and four runs ... Drove in three and scored twice with a double, single and stolen base to sink Southeastern Illinois ... Homered in back-to-back games against Southeastern Illinois ... Took an 0-for-5 across both ends of a double-header against Olney Central, driving in a run and chipping in a stolen base ... Doubled twice versus Spoon River, walking and stealing two bases en route to scoring three runs ... Walked three times, stole three bases and scored twice in a rout of Vincennes, adding an RBI single ... Gave Parkland pitchers fits with three hits, a run and an RBI in five trips ... Finished the regular season strong with three games versus John A. Logan, batting 6-for-14 with a double, three runs, four RBI, a pair of walks and four stolen bases.
2018 summer with Muhlenberg County Stallions in the Ohio Valley League: Hit .333 (38-for-147) with four doubles, three triples, six home runs and 33 RBIs. He stole 12 bases in 31 games and had a 1.038 OPS.
2018 season, freshman year at Wabash Valley: Hit .318 with 13 doubles, five home runs, 58 runs scored and 49 RBIs ... Recorded a .956 OPS in 57 games ... Walked 47 times against 35 strikeouts ... Stole 20 bases without being caught ... Did not hit into a double play in 170 at-bats ... Ended his season in style, knocking in three runs with a double against Olney Central in the ninth inning of Wabash Valley’s final game.
2017 season with Great Lake Canadians: Batted .395./484/.574 with two home runs, 33 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases ... Played flawless outfield defence, cleanly handling 74 total chances and adding two outfield assists.
2019 Honours: Set new Wabash Valley single-season stolen base record with 77 (previous record 61) .
2018 Honours: Steady performance at Wabash Valley earned him a scholarship to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks (fall 2019)
2017 Honours: Great Lake Canadians Hitter of the Year and Gold Glove awards ... Chosen as the Canadians’ first-ever organizational Most Valuable Player.