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Rookie Wil Myers hits the stage for the Tampa Bay Rays

11:23 AM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
Wil Myers in a 2013 spring training game. Photo courtesy Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Florida Today) -- The Tampa Bay Rays decided the future is now as Wil Myers was called up and will be in Boston Tuesday as the Rays play a doubleheader with the Red Sox.

"We felt like now was the right time," said Andrew Friedman, the Rays' executive vice president of baseball operations. "He made some real adjustments in the last six weeks and that really stood out to us. It was something we were monitoring very closely."

The 22-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Royals on Dec. 9 in a seven-player trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. Davis was the winning pitcher in Sunday's game after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings.

After hitting .286 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 64 games at Triple-A Durham, Myers will start at least one of two games at Boston today, according to manager Joe Maddon.

"He's going to play in the outfield and we'll probably hit him lower in the batting order to begin, just to take a little pressure off of him," Maddon said. "We'll try not to place the expectations too high, although I know it's going to come from outside, not from within. He's another one of our players. I'm going to try to ease him into the whole thing."

Before the season, Myers was rated by Baseball America as its No. 1 overall prospect, best power hitter and best hitter for average.

"It's something that we've been deliberating for a while, and his recent hot streak certainly accelerated the conversations," Friedman said of the move. "As we talked about since spring training, when we felt like he was ready it would be important to (find) a spot for him."

The Myers file

» Bats: Right | » Throws: Right | » Age: 22
» Height: 6-foot-3 | » Weight: 205 pounds
» Draft: By Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)

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