Aug. 9, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Note: Today's update on Kyle McMyne is the second in a series of profiles over the next several days chronicling the summer baseball seasons of current and former Villanova baseball stars. Current players have enjoyed a great deal of success in collegiate summer leagues over the past few months, while a number of former Wildcats continue to stand out in the professional ranks. A new profile or set of profiles will run each day from Sunday through Wednesday.
Heading into the start of his sophomore year at Villanova, the plan was for Kyle McMyne (Old Forge, Pa.) to be one of the Wildcats late-inning arms out of the bullpen. He has the ideal repertoire for such a role, namely a dominating fastball and bite on his breaking pitches that induce a high number of swings and misses.
Injuries on the Villanova team changed that plan and McMyne was pushed into the starting rotation for the entire season. He proved to have a deep enough arsenal of pitches in the rotation as well and finished the year tied for the team lead in victories and second in strikeouts.
This summer, McMyne pitched for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League and was used exclusively as a reliever in 14 appearances. The many pro baseball scouts and talent evaluators that cover baseball on the Cape took notice. ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law twice mentioned McMyne in the MLB Draft Blog on ESPN.
In a post on July 24, Law named McMyne first among a group of "relievers worth noting." He went on to say "McMyne was 92-94 when I saw him and two scouts saw him up to 96 a few days earlier - and hitters were swinging and missing at his low-80's slider. He was a starter this spring but I didn't see a third pitch in his relief outing on Tuesday." (Read the July 24 blog post)
The relief outing that Law refers to came on July 20 against the Harwich Mariners. McMyne worked the bottom of the eighth inning and although a fielding error in the inning accounted for the eventual winning run scoring, McMyne registered four strikeouts in the inning and all came on swings and misses. By the time his work was done, hitters had swung at 16 offerings from McMyne in this outing. Of those 16 swings, 13 led to either a foul ball or a swinging strikeout; just three balls were put in play.
In another blog post on August 4, Law had McMyne listed as one of his honorable mention prospects from the Cape this summer. McMyne wound up with a 1-1 record this summer and racked up 24 strikeouts in just 15 2/3 innings (13.8 strikeouts/nine innings). (Read the August 4 blog post)
On Tuesday, we will take a look at some other collegiate summer leagues where current Villanova players were in action.