Meet 22-year-old rookie right fielder Wil Myers, who made his major league debut with the Rays on June 18 at Fenway Park and has been an important member of their lineup ever since.
He has been hitting cleanup and entered Friday batting .322 with a .351 on-base percentage, .496 slugging percentage, .847 OPS, five homers, 21 RBIs and six doubles in 30 games.
Baseball America ranked Myers the No. 4 prospect in all of professional baseball entering this season.
The 6-3, 205-pounder from North Carolina went one-on-one with Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher “Smitty” Smith this past week.
Smitty: What was it like the first time you hit a homer over a fence as a kid?
Myers: I believe I was 9 and was playing 11-and-under AAU ball. I was playing in Charlotte and I hit a home run backside. I remember it was one of the most exciting things that I had ever done. I was just so excited when I saw it go over the fence. I still remember it to this day.
Smitty: So was that more exciting than hitting your first homer in the majors, (which was a grand slam)?
Myers: To be honest, I would say the most exciting home run was the one in Little League, but you can’t put in words what it was like to hit the grand slam in Yankee Stadium and the big situation that it was in. Just got a good pitch to hit on a 1-2 count from CC Sabathia. It was amazing.
Smitty: What do you like to do for fun outside of baseball?
Myers: During the season I don’t do anything but play baseball. I don’t wake up early in the morning and golf or go fish or do anything like that. I come to the ballpark early because I enjoy playing the game and enjoy playing in the major leagues. There’s nothing that can describe playing in the major leagues. So I enjoy coming to the field early and getting my work in and just hanging out at the ballpark.