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No. 1 Royals prospect Wil Myers won’t be called up Sept. 1

Aug 31, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

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The Royals have the need for another outfielder with Jarrod Dyson sidelined by a strained lat, but they won’t be calling up Wil Myers when rosters expand Saturday.

The 21-year-old Myers will remain with Triple-A Omaha through the end of the minor league season, and because the Storm Chasers are in the playoffs, that could mean he’ll still be playing in Triple-A through mid-September.

And it’s no lock that the Royals will call him up afterwards. Myers doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, so the Royals could decide not to promote him in order to give themselves a little more flexibility in their offseason maneuverings. After all, Jose Guillen is going to be a free agent.

Of course, that’d hardly be fair to Myers, who has had a case for a promotion for months. He’s hit .306/.383/.592 with 36 homers and 105 RBI between Double- and Triple-A this year. He has 23 homers in 95 games in Triple-A.  The Royals called up a 21-year-old Eric Hosmer after just 26 games in Triple-A last year.

But then again, Hosmer wasn’t blocked by Jeff Francoeur.

  1. fuddpucker - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Dude strikes out A LOT. Not ready for prime time yet.

  2. ksbuff - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Everything I’ve read points to service time as the main reason to hold him down at this point. I’d expect a May call-up next season.

  3. fuddpucker - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    KC doesn’t want to start Wil’s Free Agent clock this year. Plus, they’ve got to figure out what to do with Frenchy, who seems to be off the juice after he signed his big two year contract.

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