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  1. How would he approach prying Jeff Francoeur’ from Dayton Moore’s cold, dead hands?

    Comment by Chuck Hussel — September 5, 2012 @ 8:46 am

  2. You shouldn’t say you’re not looking to take a walk on a 3-0 count, Wil, because now everyone’s gonna throw you garbage that you’re going to swing on top of.

    Comment by Andrew — September 5, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  3. Guy seems really intelligent about hitting eh? eh?

    Comment by GUI — September 5, 2012 @ 9:15 am

  4. Yea, after this interview, I doubt he’ll see any pitch that doesn’t have a bend in it.

    Comment by KMartin — September 5, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  5. Another great interview by Laurila. I’d be very interested to see some data about how he handles certain pitches in certain counts. If he’s looking “fastball in” in every count, that could portend a rough adjustment period to MLB-quality pitching next season; it doesn’t sound like a particularly advanced approach but one that obviously works well on the farm. Perhaps that’s a *small* part of the reason KC didn’t bring him up sooner? In any case, it’ll be interesting to see how he develops and what sort of adjustments he makes at the next level. A follow-up interview in a couple of years is a must.

    Comment by @StringerBias — September 5, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  6. Great stuff David! Wil Myers is going to be a stud.

    Comment by Josh — September 5, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  7. Agreed. I’ve been waiting for this one as I’m targeting him for a Strat league! I must say I’m disappointed in his explanation of his approach and agree with Stringer that it foreshadows a significant adjustment at the MLB level. Who really knows though. Could it just be his simple way of explaining his hitting approach but still be able to adjust to the off speed stuff? Does anyone have any insight into his ability to hit anything but a fastball??

    Comment by Rays — September 5, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  8. It’s a good thing he didn’t say that then.

    Comment by Simon — September 5, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

  9. I’m not sure that you get to hit 37 homers at AAA without being able to deal with off-speed pitching a little.

    Comment by Simon — September 5, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  10. I disagree that the approach is “not advanced”. Without reading the minds of a reasonable sample of major league hitters we can’t really say how it compares. Nor can we say that he can’t adjust his approach at the MLB level, if he even needs to.

    I remember another Q&A with a retired player who relayed advice he got from Ted Williams on facing a particular pitcher, who threw a fastball, slider, curve and changeup. Williams told him to pick either hard stuff (fastball, slider) or soft stuff (curve, changeup) to sit on before every pitch, and just let it pass if he guessed wrong. Simple and effective. Simple isn’t necessarily bad.

    Comment by mcbrown — September 5, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  11. The sign of an AAAA player is usually being unable to hit off-speed pitches. Just look at Justin Smoak. If I were a Royals fan, I’d be more than a little concerned about a guy who is basically just mashing AAA fastballs.

    Comment by Greg — September 5, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  12. He kinda said that. ” I don’t look to take walks. My first two years, whenever I would get into a 3-0 count, I was always taking. This year I’m willing to swing no matter what the count is.”

    Comment by Andrew — September 5, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  13. For all anyone here knows, Wil Myers was purposely keeping his answers extra simple to give pitchers an idea about him that is completely wrong. He may be playing Jedi Mind Tricks with all of us.

    Comment by Matt — September 5, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  14. For a moment I actually considered the same. Game theory.

    You know, Obi Wil Myers and shit.

    Comment by @StringerBias — September 5, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  15. Yes. Because no one throws offspeed pitches in AAA.

    Comment by BBWizard — September 5, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  16. Being willing to swing on 3-0 doesn’t mean he’s swinging at anything and everything. It just means if they try to get a cheap strike, he’ll punish it.

    Comment by oldschoolways — September 5, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  17. Very few are of the quality you’ll find at the MLB level.

    Comment by Greg — September 5, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  18. This might be my Fangraphs Comment of the Year.

    Comment by Big Jgke — September 5, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  19. I beg to differ…

    Comment by Billy Ashley — September 6, 2012 @ 2:45 am

  20. Middle-in fastballs?

    Hit a pick-off throw and then get back to me

    Comment by Jeff Francoeur — September 6, 2012 @ 2:48 am

  21. As a frequent visitor to Werner Park, I’ve seen Myers play a fair amount, and I’ve seen him mash more than a few curves and changeups.

    Comment by ecp — September 6, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  22. So Greg, if no one in the minors is facing quality offspeed stuff, should we worry about every prospect?

    Comment by Ryan — September 7, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

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