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Wil Myers impressive in first spring workout

Wil Myers takes his turn in the batting cage today in Port Charlotte.


Wil Myers takes his turn in the batting cage today in Port Charlotte.



OF prospect Wil Myers was a little nervous but still impressive in his first spring workout.

Myers, the centerpiece of the trade that sent James Shields to the Royals, hit about a half dozen balls over the fence off minor-league coach Skeeter Barnes, and showed why as Rays coaches and team officials who gathered to watch him hit.

"It's impressive,'' hitting coach Derek Shelton said. "And I think the most impressive thing is the bat speed. And the way the ball comes off hit bat.''


"It's loud.''

INF/OF Sean Rodriguez, who was shagging in centerfield, had a good view as several balls soared over his head (and one just off his glove at the fence).

"It comes out hot,'' he said. "He's a big boy. I didn't know he was that big. How old is he again? (22) He's hitting the ball like a grown man.''

Myers said he didn't sleep well last night as he was "pretty excited" about his first day of camp, but not much beyond hoping to do his best.

"I just want to come out every day and try to do my best and try to get better every day,'' he said.

The Rays have said they want to see Myers and get to know him before making any decisions about his timetable but have indicated he is likely to start the season at Triple-A.

Myers said he feels he is ready but understands the process.

"That's not up to me to decide that's up to the front office,'' he said."I just want to go out and prove what I can do.''


[Last modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 3:21pm]


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