Height: 6’3″ Weight: 205
Wil Myers was drafted by the Royals in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft out of Wesleyan Christian Acadamey in North Carolina. Myers was drafted as a catcher and rated as one of the best pure hitters in the high school class that year. He smashed the Pioneer League in 2009 right out of the box to the tune of .426. There was little doubt about his bat, to the point that it was highly questionable if he would be allowed enough time to develop into a major league catcher. Here is what we had to say about Myers in our 2010 Preseason Top 100:
48. Wil Myers C Royals – Athletic C with + arm and + power, will hit for average but bat might be too advanced for him to master being a C.
That proved prophetic when the Royals moved him out from behind the plate after he hit .289 in Low-A and then .346 in High-A as an 18 year old. He even flashed a .211 IsoP in Low-A and then a .161 IsoP in High-A. The bat was too advanced and developing a top catcher takes years.
After two full seasons, Myers, had compiled a .324/.429/.533 slash. So heading into 2011 Myers was one of our Top 10 overall prospects for our Preseason List.
10. Wil Myers OF KC – Another plus bat for KC. Ranked #48 last year and he didn’t disappoint. We predicted the bat would be too advanced for him to become a major league catcher. Now that he’s moved to the OF expect his bat to mature quickly and his solid pitch recognition to make him a perrenial .300+ hitter with above average power coming over the next few seasons. ETA 2012.
The Royals decided to have Myers move to the outfield and they pushed him to the Double-A after just a half season in High-A. It seemed to be a lot of change for such a young player and it caused him to get off to a slow start before a freak injury kept him out of the lineup for an extended period of time.
Let’s take a look at where his Bat and Glove are now.
Myers had a difficult 2011 season. His average dropped well below his career levels. The .254/.353/.393 line would normally be a major disappointment and drop a player down the prospect charts, but with Myers making the position switch and also being very young for Double-A, my hopes are still pretty high.
He still projects as an above average hitter with above average power and plus plate discipline.
It’s a disappointment that he won’t be given the chance to see how good of catcher he could have been. But with his plus arm and above average athleticism he’s going to be an excellent OF and should have enough arm to handle RF for the Royals.
This position change and ill thought out promotion to Double-A in 2011 have set Myers development back slightly. I expect him to start at Double-A once again in 2012 and see at least a half season there. Myers is going to need to settle in and concentrate on what was a plus tool for him prior to this season. His pitch selection and plate discipline. He got away from that this year a little and it saw his K rate rise past where I think it will be in the future.
I see Myers as a future near .300 hitter with 25 HR power and excellent plate discipline. He’s not going to be a burner so how much his power develops will determine if he’s an All Star level player or a solid regular.
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