Myers goes 4-for-5 in Omaha loss

Royals prospect raises Triple-A batting average to .331

By Andrew Pentis / Special to | June 17, 2012 4:18 PM ET

That Minor League-leading 24th longball that Wil Myers lifted on Saturday? He called it dumb luck. Myers, the Omaha outfielder enjoying a season of his lofty prospect status, was in a funk.

"This road trip, when we went to Iowa and here, three games there and the first two here, I was actually pretty bad," he said on his cellphone from the Nashville airport. "I think I was 2-for-20 or something."

He was actually 3-for-19 at the plate -- proving that even the best of us harp on our worst -- but the point is this: He didn't feel right at the plate. The third-ranked hitter in the Storm Chasers lineup needed to make an adjustment. And fast.

"Staying on my legs more," he said. "I was pulling off the ball the first couple games of this series. I'm more comfortable upright -- I have more power -- but I tend to pull off the ball. It's a quick fix. It felt good today."'s No. 14 prospect overall went 4-for-5 with a double, but Omaha fell to the Nashville Sounds, 4-1.

Facing right-handed starter Wily Peralta, the righty-batting Myers collected a two-bagger in the first inning then singled in the third and fifth frames. The three base knocks off the Brewers' top prospect came on eight total pitches.

"I was just trying to get good pitches early in the count," said Myers, 21. "I actually hit the same pitch each time, fastball in, and was able to turn on it."

Myers, a versatile defender who played in center field, also singled in the seventh against reliever Donovan Hand and worked an 11-pitch flyout when countering Jim Henderson in the ninth.

The Royals farmhand is hitting .331 through 31 Pacific Coast League games, after posting a .343 mark in 35 Texas League games. He started the season with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Asked where he was headed next -- hey, he was at the airport -- Myers smartly gave a canned answer: He's going to focus on his at-bats, his games, taking each one at a time. While his Storm Chasers reconvene in Omaha on Tuesday for a four-game series against Memphis and the Triple-A All-Star Game is July 11 in Buffalo, the real answer is becoming clearer: Kansas City.

Peralta (2-8) allowed one run on eight hits -- including Anthony Seratelli's RBI single in the sixth -- over 5 2/3 frames, bumping his ERA (5.96) below 6.00 for the first time since May 22.

Henderson earned his fifth save.

Mike Montgomery (3-3), the Royals' No. 3 prospect, gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over six innings.

Brewers' No. 7 prospect Logan Schafer collected three knocks in four at-bats, hiking his average to an even .300.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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