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Royals prospect Wil Myers up to nine homers already

May 7, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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It’s been an entirely disappointing year in Kansas City thus far, but there’s still talent in the system worth getting excited about. For instance, Wil Myers, who just homered in a second straight game for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday and is up to nine homers for the year.

Myers is hitting .336/.390/.692 overall. The big negative is that the line comes with 34 strikeouts in 107 at-bats. He’s repeating Double-A, but he’s doing so at the tender age of 21. He already has one more homer this year than he did in 354 at-bats last season.

Myers began his pro career as a catcher, but the Royals moved him to the outfield prior to the 2011 season. He’s playing center field and right field in equal amounts for now, but he projects as a right fielder in the majors. If he keeps this up, he’s going to make Jeff Francoeur expendable next year. However, in order for him to maintain the production, he likely will need to cut down on the K’s a bit.

  1. marshmallowsnake - May 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    He can strike out all he wants if he bats .336 with a .390 OBP.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Of course he can, but something has to give. There’s no way he’s hitting .336 and striking out at a .318 clip for an entire season. One of those averages is going to drop.

      • marshmallowsnake - May 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        I agree.

  2. davebrownspiral - May 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Can he pitch?

    • proudlycanadian - May 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      If the Royals need a pitcher, it is my understanding that Greinke will be a free agent this winter.

  3. dan1111 - May 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    “he’s going to make Jeff Francoeur expendable next year.” What does this say about the Royals, if Jeff Francoeur is necessary to them not only now, but for the foreseeable future if current trends continue?

  4. mordecofe - May 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    There’s also the fact that NW Arkansas is notorious for severely inflated offensive numbers, so you have to take his numbers there with a grain of salt.

    • l0yalr0yal - May 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Even if the numbers are “notorious for being severely inflated”, he has already matched his home run total from last year. The only thing he is notorious for that I know of is busting his rear. He trains and lifts more than any prospect I have ever watched come through the system. His focus is unreal.

  5. groundruledoublebourbon - May 7, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I guess this is good of a time as any to share a great Wil Myers story from an article in the KC Star last year.

    When Wil’s dad was asked why he spelled his name with only 1 L, his response was something to the effect of: “We named him Will, with 2 L’s, but had to whoop his ass with one of them his whole childhood – now there’s just the one L left.” Wil’s dad gets it.

    Hurry on up to KC, Wil.

  6. lazyrasmus - May 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    And 19-year-old Oscar “Teddy T” Taveras is hitting .325./.374/.658 with 8 HR and half as many Ks in the same league.

    Did I mention he was 18 months younger than Myers?

  7. rightinthelumberyard - May 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    He hit number ten tonight.

    I have heard it repeated that scouts think he is the best pure hitter in the system. Better than Hosmer and Moustakas. Pretty high compliment.

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