Myers hits in his 29th straight tilt

A's prospect ties 2013's longest Minor League hitting streak

By Josh Jackson / | August 26, 2013 9:59 PM ET

After taking extra rest over the weekend, D'Arby Myers returned to business as usual Monday. 

The A's prospect was 1-for-4 in Double-A Midland's 5-3 loss at Frisco. With his fifth-inning single through the left side, Myers hit safely in his 29th consecutive game, tying Colorado prospect Raimel Tapia of Rookie-level Grand Junction for the longest hitting streak of the Minor League season.

"I just found that out right now. It feels good," the 24-year-old outfield prospect said. "It comes from all the hard work I've been putting in before the game, and with our hitting coach, Brian McArn."

Myers signed with Oakland during the offseason after seven years in the Phillies system and has thrived with the opportunity to be an everyday player. 

"With this organization, since Day 1 when I got here, they've shown me so much," he said. "I'm very thankful to be here and to be able to work with great people on hitting."

Having sat out games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Myers was eager to get back in the lineup Monday. It never occurred to him that the time off might throw his rhythm out of whack.

"No, no, no. I throw the negative factors out. We try to eliminate all the negative and stick with the positive," he said. "I feel like I'd have to do more to get off [track] than I have to do to stay on.

"I feel like I can take a whole week off and come back strong," the native of Los Angeles added. "With our hitting coach and the foundation we've built talking about hitting around the clock nonstop, I'm ready to hit whenever."

After flying out in the first and grounding out to RoughRiders starter Phil Klein in the third, Myers stepped in against Richard Bleier with runners on first and second in the fifth. He smacked the first offering into left field.

"I had a runner in scoring position, so I was just looking for something to drive," he said. "The approach we have here is when guys get on, look for something to drive. I was able to get a good one, and it all has to do with the approach that they showed me."

Over the course of his hitting streak, which dates back to July 21, Myers is batting .367. His 44 hits over that span lead the Texas League and are behind only top Cubs prospect Javier Baez (50, with Tennessee) and No. 12 Twins prospect Danny Santana (46, with New Britain) in all of Double-A. 

Josh Jackson is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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