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Myers does it all in Naturals' win05/14/2012 9:35 PM ET
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com
Third base, center field -- it doesn't matter where you put Wil Myers, he's going to hit.
MLB.com's No. 17 prospect homered twice and started his second straight game at third base as Double-A Northwest Arkansas beat Tulsa, 10-6, on Monday.
Myers, who also drove in three runs, took Joe Gardner deep in the first inning before taking the field at the hot corner. After moving to center field in the third because of an injury to left fielder Carlo Testa, Myers hit a two-run homer off Joey Williamson in the sixth, giving him 13 homers.
"First at-bat, [Gardner] threw me a fastball in and I took it and he came in with a slider away and then a fastball away and it was a little over the plate and I was able to take advantage of it," Myers said. "Second one, [Williamson] came in with a fastball and he left it over the plate and I took advantage."
Myers made his mark in the field as well, starting an inning-ending double play in the first. He was not tested any further while at third and did not record a putout in the outfield.
Myers was originally drafted by the Royals in the third round of the 2009 Draft out of Wesleyan Christian Academy as a third baseman, but had not played there until Sunday. Despite that, the North Carolina native feels at home at third, although he was a bit nervous about turning two.
"I've been taking ground balls out there for two weeks now," Myers said. "It's not too big of a deal right now. That was the first ball hit to me and it felt good to get the first one out of the way. I was more worried about throwing the ball to second as opposed to across the diamond."
The Royals' No. 2 prospect believes he'll play Tuesday's game from start to finish at third, depending on the health of Testa.
Myers' offensive output has put him atop the Texas League leaders. He's tied with Nathan Freiman and Cody Decker of San Antonio for the home run lead, trails Freiman by four RBIs and paces the league with a .346 average, putting him in early contention for a Triple Crown. Myers, a self-described "slow starter," prefers a short-term outlook on his success.
"To be honest, I haven't even thought about the Triple Crown. I just try to go out and have a good at-bat," he said. "I just want to get better every day and work hard."
Elisaul Pimental improved to 1-1 after allowing a run on one hit over five innings for the Naturals.
Nolan Arenado, the Rockies' top prospect, drove in three runs for the first-place Drillers.