The Rays leave two runners in scoring position and the call from the fan base goes out for
Myers is the 2012 minor-league player of the year, the guy the Rays used
The only question surrounding this kid is this: When?
The answer from the Rays is this: Soon.
Hard to tell.
“Of course he’s getting closer. I’m hearing some really good things,” Rays manager
The Rays believed Joyce’s game needed some upgrades after they obtained him in a trade with the Tigers after the 2008 season. Joyce split his first two seasons with the organization, moving between the Rays and the Triple-A Durham Bulls before finally sticking with the big club.
Maddon brings up
The Rays want Myers to be close to a polished product when the call finally comes so he sticks once he arrives. That’s why they are willing to be patient with his development.
Sure, there’s the whole Super 2 arbitration thing that has been delayed now that it’s mid-June, and Myers is still with the Bulls.
The other issue is this: Where will Myers play?
He’s a corner outfielder, and the Rays have corner outfielders.
Scott appears to be safe, because he’s the designated hitter. Myers is not going to begin his major league career as a DH, and the Rays do not want to move Johnson into that spot because they like his defense.
An injury would create an opening. Short of that, the Rays will have to create an opening.
“It’s the same as we said in spring training,” Maddon said, “When we thought he was ready to be here, we will auger out a spot for him.”
Perhaps looking at an outfielder for a solution is the wrong place to begin. Anyone notice how well Johnson is playing third base in place of
That the Rays can use Johnson as the backup third baseman in addition to second base and left field might make
Johnson has gone cold at the plate, but the Rays are not giving up on him. Same with Scott, who seems to have found his swing.
Rays executive vice president of baseball operations
For his part, Myers is doing all the right things at Durham. He’s cut down on his strikeouts and took a .275/.349/.498 line with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs into Saturday’s game.
Myers is also saying the right things, telling the Times-News, “I’m not going to think about it at all. If you think about it, you’re not going to do well.”
Expectations are going to be high whenever Myers arrives. He will be viewed as the man who can jump-start the Rays’ run toward a playoff berth, the young bat that can energize a lineup that has been surprisingly productive this season.
“I think any way you bring him, the perception will be the same,” Maddon said. “Whenever that does happen I will definitely make sure it is not the message.”