RC catches up with Burlington's Wil Myers

At just 19-years-old, Wil Myers is already one of the best players in the Midwest League, and he has used this season's first half to solidify himself as one of the game's elite catching prospects. RC caught up with the young backstop over the weekend to talk about his progress, his adjustments, and his refusal to wear batting gloves.

Royals Corner: First off, Wil, how do you feel about your season so far?

Wil Myers: It's going pretty well. It started off slow, statistics-wise. But other than that, I've been working with my coaches a lot, I've been working on being more selective at the plate, and it's coming along pretty well.


Myers hits from an open, upright stance

RC: How are you dealing with the daily grind of being a catcher? It's your first season in full season ball, a lot of long bus trips and whatnot. How are you holding up?

WM: It's definitely tough just being back there every day. It's definitely the toughest position to switch to, battling injuries and getting beat up every night, but I think I'm adjusting pretty well.

RC: You mentioned you're being more selective at the plate. Have you made any other adjustments at the plate, like anything with your swing?

WM: Yes, there are a lot of times I go up there sitting on an off-speed pitch, because I get so many of them early in the count. And that's really helped me out a lot with being able to hit off-speed pitches.

RC: I've seen you several times now, and I noticed you never wear batting gloves. What's the deal with that?

WM: I've just never worn batting gloves. I like it better without them. I feel like I have a better grip on the bat. It's just feels a lot better without them.


Myers rubs his hands in the dirt to keep them dry

RC: What's the difference in pitching at this level as opposed to what you saw in rookie ball last year?

WM: It's definitely a lot different. Pitchers can throw off-speed pitches for strikes, which makes it a lot tougher. In rookie ball you could just sit on a fastball because they couldn't really throw anything else for strikes. But now you've got to learn how to hit those pitches.


Myers hit .287/.408/.502 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in the season's first half

RC: How do you feel your defense is coming along behind the plate?

WM: It's coming along okay. It's tough. I don't know, it's just a tough position to learn, and it's going to take some time.

RC: You've had quite a few passed balls so far this season. What types of things can you do to work on to reduce that?

WM: Just continue to work on my catching drills with Gaby, our manager. We go down there every day after batting practice and just work on that. So that's really the only thing I can keep doing – just working on it.


Myers is working hard on his receiving skills

RC: Thanks a lot for talking with me, and good luck the rest of the season.

WM: No problem. Thanks a lot.


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