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Myers makes first start at third base
Royals prospect goes 3-for-3, continues productive season
05/13/2012 9:11 PM ET
Wil Myers has hit safely in 30 of the 33 games he's played.
Wil Myers has hit safely in 30 of the 33 games he's played. (John Owen/NWA Photography)
Wil Myers played third base for the first time in his professional career Sunday. The Springfield Cardinals knew that and tested him early.

On a 0-1 count, Cardinals leadoff hitter Jose Garcia took one look at Myers' positioning and decided to show the Royals' No. 2 prospect what he was up against at the hot corner.

"I was playing in, just to be safe," said Myers, who hadn't played third base since attending high school in High Point, N.C. "But after the first strike, I thought, 'He's not gonna bunt,' so I moved back to normal depth. Then he lays one down.

"He was safe. I charged in, thought I threw the ball well, but it was just off line a little bit."

It was the only play the 21-year-old ended up making at his new position in the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals' 6-5 victory. He returned to center field in the third inning following a second rain delay.

Despite having to focus on a new position, Myers continued his torrid season offensively, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. He leads the Texas League with a .344 batting average and ranks third with 27 RBIs.

But the focus late Sunday afternoon was on his glove, not his bat.

"I thought it was good," Myers said. "I only played two innings there because of the rain delays, but my coaches wanted to get me in there to see how it'd go. I hadn't played at third in four years, so I knew it'd be interesting. It was different, obviously. But I felt good, felt comfortable out there."

Third base is the fifth position Myers has played since the Royals selected him in the third round of the 2009 Draft. He started out as a catcher before playing all three outfield spots last season. He said he was approached by Royals farm director Scott Sharp two weeks ago about the latest switch but isn't sure how long it might last.

"I honestly don't know," Myers stated. "It's obviously going to happen more than once, maybe a couple times a week going forward, but I'm not sure. It's something we'll keep working on and go from there."

As far as he's concerned, MLB.com's No. 17 overall prospect doesn't allow where he plays to affect how he hits.

"My position doesn't change me," Myers said. "When defense is over, I focus on offense and vice versa. Defense and offense are two different things for me."

Royals No. 9 prospect Christian Colon went 2-for-4 with a run scored, his fifth multi-hit effort in seven games. The fourth overall pick in the 2010 Draft has moved into fourth place in the Texas League with a .319 average.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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