The best path to do that was to try to max out the lineup, adding top prospect Wil Myers in right field in place of Jeff Francoeur and all the outs he makes, letting new hitting coach Jack Maloof try to fix Eric Hosmer by getting his hands down, and adding starting pitching whenever possible. I'm confused now. 5 comments. Myers also gives them the impact hitting prospect they haven't had since Longoria -- their best position-player prospects, such as Desmond Jennings, Hak-Ju Lee, and even Tim Beckham before his fall from grace -- have all been up-the-middle guys with more defensive value and less bat. As a freshman, Myers had a .450 batting average and was an all-state third baseman. Lefty Mike Montgomery has the widest range of possible outcomes of the four players in the deal, because he has the stuff of a No. Shields has plus command with an out-pitch changeup and an above-average curveball, but can be homer-prone because his fastball isn't that hard and is a little true. As a freshman, Myers had a .450 batting average and was an all state third baseman.During his junior year, he went 10–0 as a pitcher.After committing to the University of South Carolina, Myers was drafted by the Kansas City Royals. [ESPN Stats & Info] Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers are the 2nd pair of teammates in postseason history to each have 2 HR in the same game.  He has a younger brother named Beau who pitched to him in the 2016 Home Run Derby. I will now cackle until the neighbors call the cops. At worst, he returns to the pen where he was excellent in 2012, but only provides about 70 innings of work. Instead, the Royals traded Myers for pitching help in a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays featuring James Shields that might make them slightly better in the short term but at a severe long-term cost. Myers should be a good defensive right fielder in time, as he's a good athlete with very good instincts, but his value is going to come on offense, and that's something the Rays lack, even in the upper levels of their system. So is he on the IL or not? Learn more. This looks very much like the deal that, barring something completely unexpected, will be the move that brings Dayton Moore's tenure in Kansas City, one marked by massive improvement in the team's farm system, to an end. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Montgomery will touch 97 and sit in the low to mid-90s with an above-average changeup and a big, slow curveball that looks pretty but isn't hard or sharp enough to be more than a third pitch in his arsenal. In the 2020 season shortened by COVID-19, Myers played in 55 of the 60 games and batted .288/.353/.606 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs. He had a .344 BABIP and a .239 average. Positions: Outfielder, First Baseman and Third Baseman Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-3, 207lb (190cm, 93kg) . Free 3-day trial!!!! After committing to the University of South Carolina, Myers was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.  On July 1, 2010, the Royals promoted Myers to the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, a league generally considered more advanced than those in which he had previously played. Latest on San Diego Padres center fielder Wil Myers including complete game-by-game stats on ESPN He alone, for two years of Shields and three years of Davis (who has club options beyond that), would have made sense. He tied for the National League lead in power-speed number (24.0). , On December 19, 2014, the Rays traded Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and Jose Castillo to the San Diego Padres as part of a three-team transaction, in which the Padres traded Jake Bauers, Burch Smith, and René Rivera to the Rays, the Padres traded Joe Ross and Trea Turner to the Washington Nationals, and Washington traded Steven Souza and Travis Ott to Tampa Bay. It was the second cycle in Padres history. Myers played catcher and finished the 2010 season batting .315 with a .429 on-base percentage overall, and totaled 14 home runs, 83 runs batted in, and 85 walks between his time in the Midwest League and Carolina League. The Royals did get pitching help for 2013, clearly. The 15-run loss was the first time in Major League history that a team had a player hit three home runs and go on to lose by double digits. All rights reserved. , On January 17, 2017, Myers signed a six-year $83 million extension with the Padres.  Myers signed a contract with the Royals, that included a $2 million signing bonus, in August 2009. In a desperately weak AL Central, an 85-win baseline puts you within variance of contention -- a little luck, a breakout or two, some ill fortune in Detroit or Chicago -- and that's about the best GM Dayton Moore could reasonably have accomplished in one winter. On June 17, Myers was called up to the Rays, for whom he played outfield. Myers went on the disabled list in early May with tendinitis in his left wrist, and missed a month. He has had disputes with the Royals' player-development people over aspects of his between-outings regimen, and perhaps he just needed a change of scenery. William Bradford Myers (born December 10, 1990) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). 8. Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals, he was later traded to the Rays. He has a four-pitch mix, led by a solid-to-average changeup that produced a reverse platoon split for him across Double- and Triple-A this year. In a desperately weak AL Central, an 85-win baseline puts you within variance of contention -- a little luck, a breakout or two, some ill fortune in Detroit or Chicago -- and that's about the best GM Dayton Moore could reasonably have accomplished in one winter. Posted by 2 hours ago. After returning for only three games in June, he went back on the disabled list as the wrist continued to bother him. , Myers was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a catcher in the third round, with the 91st overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. Sort by. Check it out here. For Tampa Bay, this is a heist, a potential franchise-making deal that should allow the Rays to continue their run of contention on a dime for several more years as they acquire a centerpiece bat in Myers, a potential mid-rotation starter in Jake Odorizzi, and two other prospects, none of whom has more than a few days of major-league service -- meaning the Rays get six years of club control of each of them. He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays. save hide report. The Rays still have a surplus of starters, with David Price the ace, Matt Moore not far behind, and Jeremy Hellickson, Alex Cobb, Jeff Niemann and Chris Archer all candidates for the other three spots, while Odorizzi himself is probably ready for a major league role. Insider, Insider MLB, MLB, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, James Shields, Wade Davis, Wil Myers, Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi.  He played primarily outfield in 2012, and was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. His contract will pay him more than $22 million over the next two years, making him a good value but not an outstanding one. Even a 2-WAR guy is helpful to a team that just nonsensically guaranteed it will pay Luke Hochevar about $5.5 million to post a 5-plus ERA, and Davis could be better than that if his stuff holds up in the rotation.  He married Maggie Reaves on November 3, 2018. 79% Upvoted. His swing is very simple and he has quick wrists to generate bat speed; he has lengthened his stride at the plate, giving him a longer finish for more power with the slight downside of some collapse on his back side, which probably explains the high strikeout rate in Triple-A. On May 4, Myers hit his first career inside-the-park home run. He won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2013.  Before the draft, Myers had committed to South Carolina during his junior year. He also became the first-ever hitter to win the award in under 100 games.  , On August 18, Myers hit a grand slam in a 6-4 road win against the Texas Rangers, which extended San Diego’s grand slam streak to 2 games. Lawrie, Profar and the second base search. Team: San Diego Padres (majors) Born: December 10, 1990 in Thomasville, NC us Draft: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 3rd round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, NC). The deal reeks of a GM feeling pressure to improve short-term performance to keep his job, which is a terrible situation for any executive both personally and for the way it can inhibit his ability to make rational decisions. Following the DFA of Robbie Erlin on October 31, Myers became the longest-tenured Padre. Myers is by far the most important name here, a top-five prospect in all of baseball who has raked at every level and should have debuted in the majors this summer but was blocked by the Royals' Francoeur fetish. Injury. Myers was involved in a controversy in early September, when footage emerged during a live stream of teammate Carlos Asuaje playing the video game Fortnite involved Myers, chatting with Asuaje while playing, criticizing manager Andy Green. , Myers was the Padres 2015 Opening Day center fielder and manned the position through April and into May. Myers apologized to Green and took responsibility for the remarks. Myers attended and played baseball at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. I could see him debuting this year with a modest average but strong power numbers, only to bring the average up in time because he's a smart, patient hitter who'll also increase his bat control as his body matures. Wil Myers, TB 23 5 1 131 Jose Iglesias, BOS/DET 5 17 4 80 Chris Archer, TB 1 5 15 35 Dan Straily, OAK 1 2 4 15 J.B. Shuck, LAA 1 1 4 Cody Allen, CLE 2 2 Martin Perez, TEX 2 2 David Lough, KC 1 1 2014 TAMPA BAY RAYS MEDIA GUIDE 40-MAN ROSTER › WIL MYERS 154 Cespedes in … On defense, he played almost exclusively first base. Log in or sign up to leave a comment log in sign up. ESPN shows Wil Myers as starting today. If he's back down to 2011 levels, they scrap it and put him in the pen, but when he was coming up as a prospect he threw harder and had better bite on his curveball. On September 2, a commemorative bobblehead celebrating his accomplishment was handed out to fans at Petco Park.  In 2011, playing for the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals, he batted .254 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs in 99 games. He graduated from Harvard College and holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon.  Myers returned to the club on August 20, initially slotted as a DH before returning to the field. 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