Myers' strong spring was set off in part by a simplified approach at the plate, Bill Center of FriarWire reports. Myers slashed a solid .300/.364/.733 with five RBI and a team-leading three home runs in Cactus League play. Perhaps most encouragingly, he posted an 18.1 percent strikeout rate after cratering to a career-worst 34.3 percent mark last season -- second worst among MLB hitters with at least 400 plate appearances. If Myers is able to transfer his strong spring into similar results in the regular season, it will be a much-needed boost to a Padres offense that ranked 27th in baseball in runs scored in 2019.
Myers is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with three home runs and four RBI in seven Cactus League contests. After struggling to a .239 batting average last season, Myers entered 2020 as the subject of trade rumors amid talk of a platoon role. Spring training may not change any of that, but the veteran has certainly started off hot in Cactus League play. There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about Myers' ability to sustain his early success, but he possesses a combination of power and speed that will be coveted in fantasy leagues if he is ever able to put all the pieces together.
Myers went 1-for-4 with a stolen base, a run scored, a triple and a walk in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Myers walked, stole second and scored on Manny Machado's homer in the third inning. Myers also lined his first triple of the year in the first, but he was stranded 90 feet from home. The outfielder hasn't enjoyed much success over the last two weeks, going 3-for-25 with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 games. For the year, Myers has 18 homers, 16 stolen bases, 53 RBI and 58 runs scored in 154 games.
Myers (head) singled in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter against the Dodgers on Thursday. Myers came on as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and collected one of three Padres hits on the afternoon. Though Myers didn't remain in the game to play the field, the appearance was a positive sign after he was pulled from Wednesday's game due to feeling light-headed. The 28-year-old also suffered a fainting episode Sunday but appears to be fully recovered. According to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, Myers passed a series of pregame tests Thursday and is expected to be available for the Padres' final series of the season in Arizona.
Myers (head) said he felt fine Thursday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Myers exited Wednesday's game in the third inning as a result of feeling light-headed, just three days after he suffered a fainting episode. While he reported feeling better and was seen running on the field Thursday, his availability for Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers remains unclear.