Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wil Myers admitted he was somewhat nervous and finished his 2013 spring training debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates feeling comfortable and excited. Myers acquired in a trade that sent James Shields, Wade Davis and Elliot Johnson to the Kansas City Royals earlier this winter grounded out in the third inning swinging at the first pitch he saw an later walked in his second at-bat to finish the day without a hit.
“New jersey on, a new team, a new field, but I was excited to be out there,” he said. “And I thought it went well.” Pittsburgh went on to beat the split squad Rays 3-2 only warm when the day at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Myers who played centerfield in the Royals organization started in right field for Tampa Bay and made a nice running catch near the foul line in the first inning.
Roberto Hernandez looked sharp in his Rays debut getting the start and retiring the first three batters on 12 pitches. Hernandez signed a one-year free-agent deal with Tampa Bay and is looking to earn a spot in the Rays rotation. Jeff Niemann followed with a 1-2- 3 inning of his own in the second. Neiman is coming off an injury plagued 2012. Fernando Rodney retired the side in the third striking out all three batters on 10 pitches. Rodney was nearly untouchable last season and seem to pick up right where he left off.
Evan Longoria returned from a three-day absence a new father. His daughter Elle was born Wednesday night six weeks premature but healthy. The Rays will travel to Fort Myers to take on the Minnesota Twins today.