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State of the Farm: “I told a girl that my prospects were good and she said baby, ‘It's understood.’”
Prospect rankings primer
The Top Ten
- OF Wil Myers
- RHP Kyle Zimmer
- CF Bubba Starling
- SS Adalberto Mondesi
- RHP Yordano Ventura
- RHP Jake Odorizzi
- RF Jorge Bonifacio
- 3B Cheslor Cuthbert
- RHP Miguel Almonte
- RHP Jason Adam
1. Wil Myers
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 205 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 3rd round, 2009 draft, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, NC)
2012 Stats: .343/.414/.731 at Double-A Northwest Arkansas (35 games); .304/.378/.554 at Triple Omaha (99 games)
The Tools: Plus hit/power; plus arm
What Happened in 2012: As it turns out, a healthy Myers is a monster Myers, as the 21-year-old put all questions from the 2011 season to rest by mashing at two levels and emerging as a top-10 prospect in baseball.
Strengths: Natural hitting ability; quick/strong wrists; balanced swing; excellent raw strength; plus bat speed; hit tool is easy 6; power potential is 6; middle-of-the-order profile; mature approach; quality athlete; plus arm.
Weaknesses: Not many weaknesses with the bat; swing can get a little wild; two-strike approach could use refinement; hasn’t been tested by high-level stuff yet; needs refinement with his outfield routes; baserunning.
Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division player
Explanation of Risk: Low risk; Myers is major league ready and a high-level talent
Fantasy Future: From a corner spot, Myers is likely to hit for average (.285-plus) with good game power (25-plus HR). Above-average right field profile.
The Year Ahead: Myers is ready to jump into major-league waters, where his bat is expected to produce immediately. Against high-level pitching, holes that didn’t exist in the minors start to open up, and for Myers, quality fastballs on the inner-third will be a good test of his hand speed. Anything left out over the plate is batting practice, and he doesn’t miss many opportunities to crush mistakes. But the difference between Triple-A pitching and major-league pitching is extreme, and Myers will need to prove capable of hitting quality offerings to live up to his lofty hype.
Major league ETA: 2013
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