Brotherly love with baseball
In 2011, Bryson Myles was a New York-Penn League All-Star. The former Mahoning Valley Scrappers outfielder had 77 total bases and hit over .300 in his only season in Niles.
Two years later, his brother made an appearance at Eastwood Field.
Candon Myles, an outfielder for the Jamestown Jammers, was recently promoted from the Gulf Coast League. He’s only been up for six games, so a three-game series with Mahoning Valley was his first Single-A road trip experience.
“This is a nice place,” Candon said after Jamestown’s 3-1 win on Wednesday. “I wish I would’ve made it up here when Bryson was here.”
The last time he watched his brother play was in 2011, when Bryson played for Stephen F. Austin University. The two brothers, separated by three years, have been so busy with their own respective baseball schedules that they haven’t been free to make a visit. Bryson is still in the Cleveland Indians organization as a member of the High-A Carolina Mudcats. He’s batting .283 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs.
Candon sports a career .281 batting average with 20 walks and 12 stolen bases in nearly two full seasons of professional ball.
So which brother is better?
“That’ll remain a mystery,” Candon said, laughing. “We really don’t know and we don’t want to find out. He’s more powerful, I’ll give him that.”
Bryson, at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, is built like a middle linebacker. Candon, on the other hand, is slimmer at 5-foot-10 and 180.
“I’m not really an average guy or a guy who swings for the fences,” Candon said. “I’m an on-base percentage guy. I’m doing what I need to do – steal some bases and score some runs.”
He walked four times and stole two bases in the the recent series sweep of the Scrappers.
“Everyday I talk to Bryson,” Candon said. “He’s how I get through this. I always go to him for pointers and advice.”
Candon is the little brother, after all, but the siblings were actually drafted in the same MLB First-Year Player Draft, which was a surprise to the whole family.
Bryson was a sixth-round selection of the Indians in 2011. At SFA, he nearly had a career batting average of .400 and he was second in the nation with 53 stolen bases for his senior year.
“We were celebrating his accomplishment at our house in Texas on that day in June a few years ago,” Candon said. “Then 20 minutes later, the phone rings for me.”
It was the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“Then the whole house went crazy,” Candon said of being selected in the 12th round out of South Grand Prarie (Texas) High School. “I didn’t expect it. I knew I was on the board because I had some teams talking to me. I wasn’t fully committed to it. If it happened, it happened.”
Candon was already committed to play baseball at Howard University.
“It was a tough decision,” he said. “Pro ball is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Our whole family decided this was something to do now, at the time, and not risk not having it later.”
And he doesn’t regret it.
“I’m here and can’t complain,” Candon said. “I’m playing baseball for a living.”
Though baseball has separated this prolific pair, it’s also brought them closer together. It’s the beauty of a sport that asks so much, but gives so much back in return.