If you only looked at the ridiculous numbers Kansas City Royals' prospect Wil Myers put up against the Oklahoma City RedHawks at the end of the Omaha Storm Chasers' recent road trip, you might think he hasn't missed a beat this season.
He went 9-for-16 (.562) with four home runs and twelve runs batted in during that stretch, adding to an already impressive season in which he is hitting a combined .313 with 33 HR and 91 RBIs in 102 games for Omaha and the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. But in the first eight games of the twelve game road trip, he went through a rough patch, going 5-for-35 (.142) with one home run and three runs driven in.
Myers was a guest on the Storm Chasers' pre-game radio show with Mark Nasser on Tuesday, July 31 and he spoke freely with Nasser, saying the MLB trade deadline had been creeping into his mind the past couple of weeks and it impacted his performance.
"Any player in Triple-A is concerned about the trade deadline," Myers told Nasser. "That was the thing -- I put too much pressure on myself, trying to do too much at the plate, swinging at too many pitches, trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark too many times."
The 2012 Pacific Coast League All-Star is not only being forced to adapt to the pressures that often come with being a top prospect at the trade deadline, but he's noticing a difference in the way pitchers in Triple-A are trying to get him out from when he first came up to Omaha in mid-May.
"Guys are throwing around me a lot more -- pitching backwards," Myers said in the interview. "I haven't got many good pitches to hit lately. And when I was getting the pitches, it kind of caught me by surprise. I was fouling them off and swinging and missing."
Those are normal growing pains, and given his numbers over his past four games, he's certainly making the necessary adjustments. One thing he hasn't needed to adjust is his play in center field. He has started 46 games in center, as opposed to 17 starts at the corner outfield positions and he prefers it that way.
"I like it [center field] a lot better than the corners," Myers said. "I feel more involved in the game. And I feel like even if you don't hit, you can help the team defensively."
Nasser asked Myers how the fan support on Twitter regarding his possible call up to the big leagues affects him.
"It's definitely cool to see that," Myers said. "I am on Twitter and I do see some of the tweets come in. It's one of those things -- like I said, I was worried about the trade deadline, but I have no control over that. I have no control over being called up. It's all up to whatever the Royals want me to do, so right now I just want to go out every day and try to get better."
Does the wait make him antsy?
"A little bit, yeah it does" he said. "This is something I've been working toward all my life. It's been my goal to play in the big leagues, but right now I just want to go out every day and have good at-bats. That's the main way I can get to the big leagues."