Sunday, June 3, 2012

Prospect Watch: Wil Myers

Last season the Kansas City Royals had a number of players graduate from their farm system. They include Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Danny Duffy. There's a good chance that they add to that list sometime this year when outfielder Wil Myers gets the call to the big leagues.

Wil Myers was taken in the third round of the 2009 draft and since then has failed to disappoint. Last season when he made the move from rookie ball to AA ball he faced some struggles but this year those look to be gone.

In 152 plate appearances during his stint in AA Myers posted some impressive numbers. He showed incredible power, posting an ISO of .388. Obviously that's a number that is unsustainable, but it's impressive nonetheless. He saw a spike in his strikeout percentage though. Typically he strikes out between 18-20% of the time, but he struck out 27% of the time this time around. He was still able to maintain a walk rate above 10% though. His slash line was very impressive: .351/.421/.739 (217 wRC+) but that isn't something that he's able to maintain.

After 35 games he got the call to AAA and is continuing to impress. His plate discipline has continued to improve, but he could get a few more walks. He's continuing to impress with his power and should be a big bat when he reaches the majors. Through 16 games he has a line of .345/.397/.707, it's only a matter of time before he reaches the show.

Myers projects to be a right fielder, that position is currently being held by Jeff Francoeur. Myers has played all three outfield positions but left field is occupied by Alex Gordon, I'm not sure he could play center. The Royals would have to move some players around if they wanted Myers to be in the everyday line-up. Francoeur could be moved to a bench role or even traded.

The Royals have had a ton of young players make their debut in the big leagues the past few seasons, and it's only a matter of time before Wil Myers makes that leap. If he keeps up the production in AAA then it shouldn't be far off.

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