from Bob Sutton at the The Burlington Times News and you can catch it all at www.thetimesnews.com(Just click on SPORTS):
The results werenâ€™t all that kind to Wil Myers in his professional debut for the Burlington Royals but the rest of Tuesday night seemed to go OK.
Myers, a third-round draft choice from Thomasville, made a much-awaited return to the baseball diamond in the Royalsâ€™ 6-2 loss to the Pulaski Mariners at Burlington Athletic Stadium.
â€œI was real excited for the game,â€ Myers said. â€œIt was good to see live pitching again. It was kind of a long time since Iâ€™ve seen live pitching.â€
Myers went 0-for-4, perhaps the only downer for the 20-plus friends and family who came to watch. He was a draft holdout until agreeing to a signing bonus of $2 million and becoming eligible to don a professional uniform.
He was used as the designated hitter, batting in the fifth spot in Burlingtonâ€™s order, and heâ€™s expected to play catcher later in the week. He was one of the first players out of the clubhouse for Tuesday nightâ€™s game.
â€œI like to be on the field a lot,â€ he said. â€œIt has been three months since I have played, so I just wanted to get out there.â€
Andre David, minor league hitting coordinator for Kansas City, said he liked Myersâ€™ aggressive swings at the plate.
â€œHe looked real comfortable and relaxed,â€ David said. â€œHe has some bat speed. Heâ€™ll fit right in.â€
For the record, Myersâ€™ first professional at-bat resulted in a check-swing groundout to shortstop on a 2-1 pitch to end the first inning against Pulaski starter Brandon Maurer, a 19-year-old right-hander who improved his record to 3-4.
Myers grounded out again to shortstop in the fourth before hitting into a ground-ball double play to end the sixth. He struck out on a called third strike to lead off the ninth.
Royals manager Nelson Liriano said it was an encouraging debut for Myers, 18.
â€œOne thing I really like about him is he swings the bat in good positions,â€ Liriano said. â€œHe had a good idea in the strike zone and he was aggressive. He looked ready to hit good pitches.â€
Myers said he wasnâ€™t nervous because â€œIâ€™ve had a million at-bats in my life. Iâ€™m just ready to get started.â€