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Old 12-27-2012, 09:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I think this guy has awesome potential. He can make contact with any pitch, but he's a free swinger and strikes out a little too much. He makes up for with remarkably high OBP and walks quite a lot. He reminds me a bit of a young Kevin Youkilis. Any thoughts?


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Old 12-27-2012, 01:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He's like the right handed version of Bryce Harper -- same kind of swing, but a little flat. Harper's swing is way more onto the ball and up, where this kids swing is kind of sloppy. I don't know, it looks as if he can't hit really anything other than a fastball.. see, when they throw him a cutter or something off speed, he'll ground out of foul it off.. like at 1:34.
But you see at 1:44 that it was a straight fastball and he crushed it.

Scouts will pick up on that easily.. and probably aren't going to draft hiim unless there willing to put some time into him.

Kinda reminds me of the movie 'Trouble with the Curve'.. I know JV saw it. The kids hands 'drift' on a curveball or anything off speed, but he can crush a fastball any day. The team ends up wasting their first pick on him only to find out that he can't hit a curveball for crap.

But anyway, this kid is pretty good, he just needs work on his swing. He does what I call 'dancing' in the box.. instead of finishing his swing.

I mean, look at his swing, he's basically running and hitting, not finishing his swing.

Still has potential though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He is already the top prospect in the Rays organization. I have a feeling they will trade him away to deepen their farm system.
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Would you rather have Myers or Darin Ruf?
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Myers is a stud. Flat out. The kid can hit any pitch, but yes, he K's a little too much. But this was the first year he did that because he wanted to beef up his power a little more so he chased a little more and raised his K rate. He has great power, going to be a good left fielder, and has good speed. He does K too much and will probably never win a batting title, but he does have 30+ homer power and will have some 100 RBI seasons.
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He's like the right handed version of Bryce Harper -- same kind of swing, but a little flat. Harper's swing is way more onto the ball and up, where this kids swing is kind of sloppy. I don't know, it looks as if he can't hit really anything other than a fastball.. see, when they throw him a cutter or something off speed, he'll ground out of foul it off.. like at 1:34.
But you see at 1:44 that it was a straight fastball and he crushed it.

Scouts will pick up on that easily.. and probably aren't going to draft hiim unless there willing to put some time into him.

Kinda reminds me of the movie 'Trouble with the Curve'.. I know JV saw it. The kids hands 'drift' on a curveball or anything off speed, but he can crush a fastball any day. The team ends up wasting their first pick on him only to find out that he can't hit a curveball for crap.

But anyway, this kid is pretty good, he just needs work on his swing. He does what I call 'dancing' in the box.. instead of finishing his swing.

I mean, look at his swing, he's basically running and hitting, not finishing his swing.

Still has potential though.

You do know he was like a top five draft pick?
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Sure, but I'm just saying the kid can't hit a curve, that's all.. he'll have trouble in the Bigs, I think.

Oh, and rewatch the video, you'll see on low and away (even fastballs) he won't hit very good.
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Sure, but I'm just saying the kid can't hit a curve, that's all.. he'll have trouble in the Bigs, I think.

Oh, and rewatch the video, you'll see on low and away (even fastballs) he won't hit very good.
How do you know he can't hit a curve? How many games/AB's have you watched of his?

This is what Baseball America said about his ability

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Rated Best Hitter for Average in the Kansas City Royals system after the 2009 season
Rated Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Kansas City Royals system after the 2010 season
Rated Best Hitter for Average in the Kansas City Royals system after the 2011 season
Rated Best Strike Zone Discipline in the Kansas City Royals system after the 2011 season
Rated Best Hitter for Average in the Kansas City Royals system after the 2012 season
Rated Best Power Hitter in the Kansas City Royals system after the 2012 season

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Myers’ outstanding raw power has been clear since he put on a show at Kauffman Stadium in a predraft workout. What makes him stand out is that he pairs his pop with an advanced approach at the plate and excellent hand-eye coordination. When he uses the opposite field and doesn’t worry about hitting homers, he can post high batting averages and on-base percentages. His decision to try to hit for more power in 2012 meant that Myers took more aggressive swings in two-strike counts, resulting in a career-high 140 strikeouts. After struggling with chasing balls that were too far in on his hands to hit fair in 2011, he made adjustments to lay off those pitches while showing he could pull fastballs on the inner half for extra bases. Myers has fringy speed but is a heady baserunner. He fits best in right field, where he should become a solid defender. He responded well to the challenge of center field, but his lack of quickness limits him there. The Royals see him as an average center fielder in the short term, but scouts on other teams grade him as well below average. Though he’s much more raw at third base, his plus arm and soft hands would allow him to stick there if the need arose. He possibly could develop into an average third baseman in time if he was allowed to work on the positon full-time.
What do you have to say about that Mr. He cannot hit a curve?
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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That report doesn't say anything about him being able to hit a curve.
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His swing is flat - He'll have trouble with the curveball, I'm telling you that right now. You can't have a flat swing and have good contact with curveballs, you just can't.
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