Clinton Casey Myers
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 209 lb.
Myers hit .313 for Team USA in the 1996 World Junior Championship, splitting first base with Rick Ankiel; the US won the Bronze Medal. Casey was the USA Today Player of the Year for Arizona in 1997, when he had hit .500 with 11 home runs. He set 5A Arizona records for career homers (24), hits (164), RBI (121), walks (91) and runs (129) in an impressive high school career.
As a college freshman, Myers hit .386 and slugged .609; on the #2 team in NCAA Division I, he was second to Willie Bloomquist in average. He ranked 5th in the Pacific-10 Conference South in average, just ahead of Garrett Atkins. He hit .400 in the 1998 College World Series. Collegiate Baseball named him as a Freshman All-American. He was with Team USA that summer but did not make the cut for the 1998 Baseball World Cup.
In 1999, Myers fell to .329 with a .500 slugging percentage and ASU fell from the top 25 in the country. That year, his brother went in the first round of the 1999 amateur draft. As a junior, he had a major resurgence. He hit .412/.502/.718 with 71 runs, 18 homers and 97 RBI in 59 games. Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America both named him second-team All-American at catcher (behind Brad Cresse and Dane Sardinha respectively). He led the Pac-10 in RBI and was second in average. He won Player of the Year honors, beating out future MLB stars such as Chase Utley, Mark Prior and Xavier Nady. He was 4th in Division I in RBI. He somehow fell to the 30th round of the 2000 amateur draft before the Milwaukee Brewers took him; he opted not to sign.
As a senior, Myers dominated once more, hitting .395. He was named second-team All-American once again by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, this time trailing Kelly Shoppach. He won Pac-10 Player of the Year, only the third repeat winner in conference annals. He was third in the conference in average and second in RBI (69, trailing only Shelley Duncan). The Oakland Athletics chose him in the 9th round of the 2001 amateur draft.
In 2001, Myers made his pro debut with the Vancouver Canadians, hitting .278/.372/.460 but only throwing out 11% of attempted base-stealers. His bat was good enough, though, to win him the All-Star catching spot in the Northwest League. The next year, Casey batted .247/.328/.374 for the Modesto A's in a backup role. During 2003, the Arizona native hit .301/.376/.349 in 45 games for Modesto.
Myers split 2004 between Modesto (.318/.406/.430 in 63 G) and the Midland RockHounds (7 for 34, BB). In '05, he hit .340/.389/.498 for Midland, backing up Jeremy Brown at catcher, his third straight .300 campaign. Had he qualified, he would have been second in the Texas League in average, trailing Justin Huber. Casey split 2006 between the Vancouver Canadians (.229/.321/.313 in 17 G) and Midland (.310/.427/.391 in 24 G). He was back over .300 in 2007 at .303/.387/.418 for Midland, as a third-string catcher with Landon Powell starting. A player-coach for the 2008 RockHounds, the contact specialist was 9 for 38 with 3 doubles, a homer and 8 walks. Overall, he had batted .291/.374/.411 in 382 minor league contests, yet had almost never gotten a chance to start regularly.
Casey then became a full-time hitting coach, working with Vancouver in 2009 and 2010. When the A's changed affiliates, Myers moved to the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2011-2012. He then coached the Beloit Snappers in 2013.
- ASU bio
- 2010 A's Media Guide