Monday, October 24, 2011

Wil Myers: Jewel of the Royals

There are several reasons to like Wil Myers, the top rater prospect of the Kansas City Royal organization. Perhaps my favorite reason is that he currently leads the Arizona Fall League in walks. He has 13 hits and 13 walks and a .500 OBP. He is a dominating hitter in the AFL, but has patience. Sometimes dominant prospects know they can crush the pitching they face and swing at everything (and are able to hit just about anything), and when they come to the Majors, they still have that approach (its worked so far), and struggle. There is no reason to believe this will happen to Myers. In 3 seasons in the minors, he has a .399 OBP and a .296 BA (I think Batting Average is the most overrated statistic ever behind Pitcher's record, but .100 difference on the OBP and BA shows a patient hitter). He also sports solid numbers in a 1.37 PPG, .876 OPS, and 2.34 PAPP. These numbers need to improve before he is ready for the big leagues, and he is yet to have reached AAA, but all the promise is there for the former 3rd round pick. He has also shown some versatility, playing outfield and catcher. He has a nice range factor in the outfield, but not so much at catcher. A lot of people hold a lot of optimism for the Royals' organization, and if Myers is any indication, the hope is warranted.

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