Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/18/13
“Injecting one more bat against right-handed pitching that we felt had a chance to do some damage was something that we wanted to do.” That’s Tampa Bay Rays Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman talking about calling up top prospect Wil Myers to join the big league club.  Throughout his press appearance Sunday, Friedman emphasized the rookie’s success against right-handers, admiring how Myers had been “driving the ball against right-handed pitching,” and that his arrival would “give us our best chance against right-handed pitching.” At first glance, it seems strange that the Rays would need this particular kind of help from the right-handed Myers, as the team is loaded with left-handed bats.  Among regular starters, natural lefties James Loney and Matt Joyce are joined by three right-handers who swing from the left side – Jose Lobaton, Kelly Johnson, and Luke Scott.  Throw in the switch-hitting Ben Zobrist, and right-handed pitchers frequently face a Rays lineup with no fewer th...
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