Omaha's Myers hits tape-measure shot

Kansas City's No. 2 prospect smacks a record-length homer

By Jonathan Raymond / Special to | May 23, 2012 9:19 PM ET

Wil Myers' power is apparently having no trouble translating to Triple-A.

The Royals' No. 2 prospect homered for a second straight game Wednesday in Triple-A Omaha's 5-2 win over Salt Lake.

It was the outfielder's seventh game in the Pacific Coast League after earning a promotion from Double-A Northwest Arkansas for hitting .343 with 13 homers in 35 games to start the year. After a 2-for-4 outing Wednesday,'s No. 16 prospect is hitting .417 with a .792 slugging percentage with the Storm Chasers.

His home run Wednesday was believed to be the longest in the two-year history of Omaha's Werner Park.

"It was a fastball down and in from a lefty side-arm [angle]," said Myers. "It was actually a pretty good pitch. I was just able to keep my hands in and kind of golf it out."

Myers began the year by tearing up the Double-A Texas League. In addition to his .343 average and 13 homers, the 21-year-old posted a .414 on-base percentage and .731 slugging percentage with 30 RBIs. He said he was unsure of how his deep homer Wednesday compared to others he's hit.

"I didn't even know [it set a record]," he said. "It wasn't my furthest home run of the year, I don't think. At least I think I hit one in spring in Arkansas that was further than that."

After 24 at-bats with Omaha, Myers hasn't shown any signs of letting up. He has a 1.292 OPS in his young stint in the Pacific Coast League. He had led the Texas League in average (.343) and slugging percentage (.731) before being called up, and he was second in OBP (.414).

The Storm Chasers also benefited Wednesday from No. 4 Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi (1-0), who posted a strong outing in his second Triple-A start. The right-hander surrendered just one run on six hits without a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings for his first Triple-A victory.

"He looked really good, looked good attacking the zone," said Myers. "Leading off the game, their guy hit a triple off the wall because the wind was so strong. With a guy on third and no outs, [Odorizzi] strikes out two guys and gets the other to pop out.

"He's a great pitcher, I'm really glad he's on our team."

After two Pacific Coast League starts, Odorizzi has a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts against just one walk.

At Northwest Arkansas, Odorizzi --'s No. 41 prospect -- was 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in seven starts, striking out 47 in 38 innings while walking 10.

First baseman Clint Robinson and shortstop Tony Abreu also homered in support of Odorizzi.

Jonathan Raymond 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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