Rookie OF Wil Myers is scheduled to make his Rays debut this afternoon when the team opens its Grapefruit League season against Pittsburgh in a split-squad game at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Rays' other split-squad team faces Boston in Fort Myers.
Myers, the prospect acquired from Kansas City in the James Shields/Wade Davis trade, will play right field and bat seventh.
On Friday, manager Joe Maddon finally saw Myers hit for the first time this spring.
"It's nice," Maddon said. "The thought is, he's kind of mature regarding his batting practice. He's got a routine. He doesn't try to do too much. He doesn't go out and try to impress you with how far he can hit the ball, which I love. … Beyond that, physically gifted, different, gifted. It's going to work on a very high and prosperous level, I think."
Myers played primarily right field in the minor leagues. He will also play left field this spring. Maddon said he wants Myers to spend time this spring working on his defense and running the bases.
"My biggest concern is, he might not have been pushed to do that in the past," Maddon said. "I want to push him to do that now. So, in this camp, the focus with him will be to go play and hit."
OF Myers will debut today against Pirates
Tampa Tribune | Feb 23