In Durham, Myers watches, waits, puts speculation aside
Like any prospect at the top level of the minor leagues, OF Wil Myers would prefer to be in majors.
Even more so this weekend at the Trop, as the Rays team that traded for him is hosting the Royals team that traded him away.
"I would love to be up there right now,'' Myers told reporters in Durham after the Triple-A Bulls' 10-7 win. ''I’d love to play the Royals. I think that will be cool.”
Myers said he is aware of the chatter around baseball that he could be promoted soon. The challenge, he said, is to not think too much about it.
"I had it a lot last year; it’s kind of the same thing. You just put it aside and focus on every at-bat every day,'' he said. "It’s just one of those things. You have to put it aside or you are not going to do well. So I just try to work on each at-bat, day-by-day.''
Myers did seem to like the part of the speculation that once he does come up, the Rays plan for him to play regularly.
“That’s cool. I kind of figured that,'' he said. "But you know it’s one of those things I try not to think about at all. Just try to help Durham win.”
Asked what the situation was last season with the Royals regarding a call-up, Myers implied it was financial stemming from free-agent and arbitration eligibility: "They didn’t want to start my clock last year.”
After a torrid three-week run, Myers went 1-for-5 Thursday as the Bulls opened a homestand.
“I still feel good,'' he said. "I didn’t have a great game tonight. But you have those. I’m still feeling good at the plate.”