St. Petersburg, FL-- Rays minor-league phenom, Wil Myers, is in St. Petersburg this week to begin his Tampa Bay career. He's part of the team's Winter Development Camp. Thirty minor-leaguers are in town working out, including 15 first-rounders.
Myers actually wasn't a first-round draft choice, rather a third-rounder by Kansas City in 2009. But he developed into the minor league's top prospect last year, and then was traded to Tampa Bay in the James Shields deal.
On Tuesday, Myers took batting practice in the cage, and took some bunting practice at Tropicana Field.
The Rays haven't decided on Myers' future yet... whether he'll begin the season in the minors or in the big leagues with the Rays... but the 22-year-old Myers has enough confidence to start with the big club.
"Absolutely, every ballplayer has confidence he can play on the major league level," Myers told reporters. "But that's not my decision, that's for the front office... And I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."
Last year, in the Royals' system, Myers spent a lot of time in center field. And that's been his focus in the off-season.
"I really took my defense seriously, especially moving to center field this year," said Myers. "It's something I'm working on every day in the off-season, working on my jumps and my speed."
The Winter Development Camp will continue at Tropicana Field, through Thursday.