As impressed as the Rays are with top prospect Wil Myers' hitting prowess, as evident as it is how he earned minor-league player of the year honors, as obvious as it is why he commanded such a high price in a trade with Kansas City, they say he has more work to do.
"We need complete baseball players," manager Joe Maddon said.
Matt Joyce knows exactly what that means. Because he wasn't very many days into his first spring with the Rays after being acquired from Detroit when he got the same speech.
"These guys are totally different," Joyce said of the Rays. "They want you to play the entire game."
So when the Rays send Myers to Triple A to start the season and their talk about "development" sounds like code for delaying his arbitration and free-agency eligibility, they actually will have a specific plan in place for the 22-year-old outfielder.
"Getting the work necessary on defense, baserunning, etc., the things that we like to do here that he may not have been pushed to do in the past," Maddon said. "I want us to push him to do that now."
Rays want Myers to be complete player
Tampa Bay Times | Feb 26