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Minors : : General
BP Top Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Parks        
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This story originally appeared on BaseballProspectus.com.  To view the full, original story, please visit this link.


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Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. OF Wil Myers
  2. RHP Chris Archer
  3. RHP Taylor Guerrieri
  4. SS Hak-Ju Lee
  5. RHP Jake Odorizzi
  6. IF/OF Richie Shaffer
  7. OF Drew Vettleson
  8. LHP Blake Snell
  9. LHP Felipe Rivero
  10.  RHP Alex Colome

1. Wil Myers

Position: OF
DOB: 12/10/1990
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 205 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 3
rd round, 2009 draft (Royals), 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+) 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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