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Royals phenom Wil Myers hits 31st, 32nd homers in minors

Jul 31, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

Wil Myers

Wil Myers reclaimed the professional lead in homers from Adam Dunn on Monday, smacking his 31st and 32nd homers in Triple-A Omaha’s game against Oklahoma City.

The 21-year-old Myers has gone 7-for-12 with three homers, eight RBI and four walks in the series versus Oklahoma City. He’s hitting .294/.380/.596 with 19 homers in 255 at-bats for Omaha and .311/.392/.643 with 32 homers in 389 at-bats overall after adding in his Double-A numbers.

Jeff Francoeur, meanwhile, is hitting .238/.275/.366 with nine homers in 382 at-bats for the season. He has fewer RBI for the Royals (30) than Myers has homers in the minors. He’s even managed to be caught stealing on five of his six attempts.

If the Royals were in the thick of the AL Central, one imagines they would have given Myers a shot a few weeks ago. As is, they really should do it anyway. He might not succeed right away, but he’d give the fanbase something to be excited about.

  1. jwillie123 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Just do this already, so I can add him to my fantasy roster down the stretch. Honestly, the more time they give their young hitters to gel in the clubhouse, field, and order; the better off they will be in both the short and long run.

    • headbanger33 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Ummm, after what happened with Hosmer, I highly doubt the Royals try this again.

      • mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        You mean the thing with Hosmer where he almost won the A.L. Rookie of the Year award and then hit a sophomore slump?

        What about the thing they did with Mike Moustakas where he hit .240 last year and is hitting .270 this year with almost 20 HR?

        Hosmer is definitely in a slump but he’s been working out of it. He will get there. He is still hitting .232 this year. It’s not great but He’s hanging in there.

        Moose is making improvements and playing well overall while Hosmer is slumping. I don’t think it’s fair to assume that Wil Myers should stay at AAA because the Royals have one young player going through some struggles. I don’t know if you were aware but they field the youngest starting 9 in baseball, and not just barely either. They have plenty of young players that are showing promise and playing at the level they are expected to.

      • headbanger33 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        Clearly the Royals would trade in his SSS of 2011 for an ENTIRE year of production.

  2. jdabird - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    What a talented young man. Dyson needs to go. If you can’t move Frenchy, someone has to be designated for assignment, and this young man needs to play. Thirty-two home runs…WOW…if the Royals leave him there, he might become Crash Davis

  3. mrwillie - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Not a Royals fan, but I am pulling for Myers- he went to my High School. It has been fun following his run through the minors.

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