Fort Myers. Maybe, one day, that'll be the nickname for Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay Rays bopper prospect Wil Myers took batting practice the other day before a spring training game against the Red Sox at their toy Fenway Park with its toy Green Monster. Myers' swings can make you stop, watch – and listen. Who isn't curious?
"One day in BP at home, he hit the ball off the top of the scoreboard," Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton said. "It was kind of a line drive, too. He hit it right off the WDAE sign, and it was like, 'Damn, you don't see that very often.' "
"The ball off his bat, it definitely makes a different kind of sound," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Now hear this: Wil Myers won't begin the season with the Rays. It's not happening.
Myers hit a triple the other day. He surprised some people with just how well he ran. Tuesday, Myers, a converted catcher, raced from right field to grab a fly ball to short right center. That also opened a few eyes.
It also underscored the point: The Rays just don't know that much about Myers. It's the first time they're seeing him.
He is hitting .263 this spring, five hits, no home runs. Not that it matters at the moment.
"In spring, I've always been a slow starter," Myers said. "It's just one of those things. I'm just missing my pitch right now. But my timing is getting there. I can feel it. I feel like I'm this close to going off."
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Tampa Tribune | Mar 7