Wil Myers Tries Easy | The Process Report

Wil Myers Tries Easy

How did the Rays score 11 runs on Friday night after scoring a combined 10 runs over the past week? The answer was pretty simple according to Tampa Bay hitting coach Derek Shelton: “We didn’t swing at bad pitches.” Sounds easy enough, but when you are in a team-wide slump the easiest things can also be the hardest.

Take Wil Myers for example. On Thursday, Jason Collette explored what has been plaguing the young slugger this season. A steady diet of outside pitches and an over eager approach has led to a slow start for the reigning American League Rookie of the Year winner. After going 3-5 on opening day, Myers entered Friday’s game against the Yankees with seven hits in his last 47 at-bats (.149 average) with the opposition pounding him down and away the majority of the time.

Myers went 3-5 against New York, seeing 21 pitches in the process. Perhaps taking his coach’s words to heart, the 23-year-old was concentrated in his swings. He was content on laying off of 12 pitches; mostly located on the outer third of the dish. Myers took a few pitches in the zone; however, there are times when taking a strike on a pitch that you cannot do much with is not a terrible idea.

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Meanwhile, Myers was aggressive on pitches middle or in. He smack three base hits to the left side. All on pitches located on the inner half.

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The result of one game does not mean a lot on the grand scheme, but a correction in process could go along way in repeating those results.



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