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Royals prospect Wil Myers named Baseball America minor league player of the year

Sep 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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Baseball America announced its annual minor league player of the year today and the winner is Royals prospect Wil Myers, who hit .314 with 37 homers in 134 games between Double-A and Triple-A at age 21.

J.J. Cooper’s lengthy article about Myers includes this interesting tidbit: He joins Paul Konerko, Troy Glaus, Jose Canseco, and Mike Moustakas as the only minor leaguers in the past 40 years to hit at least 35 homers in a season above Single-A before their 22nd birthday.

Myers came into this season as a top prospect, ranking 28th on Baseball America‘s annual list, but his power was in question after totaling just 27 homers in his first 247 games as a pro. His newfound power came with a big increase in strikeouts, but Myers still managed to hit .317 despite being very young for the levels of competition and the catcher-turned-outfielder will likely enter next season as arguably the best hitting prospect in baseball.

He also joins some pretty great company as Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year. Mike Trout won the award last season and the five winners before that were Jeremy Hellickson, Jason Heyward, Matt Wieters, Jay Bruce, and Alex Gordon.

  1. keithbangedyermom - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Oscar Taveras does not approve this message.

    • geoknows - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Oscar Taveras will have to wait his turn.

      • paperlions - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Oscar might not have a chance if a spot opens up for him in the Cardinal OF.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Tavares: .321/.380/.572. 0 At bats in AAA

      Myers: .314/.387/.600. 388 At bats in AAA.

      Sorry Oscar. You didn’t deserve it.

      • paperlions - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        You sure? You left some things out.

        Oscar: 6/19/1992; wRC+ at AA 161

        Myers: 12/10/1990; wRC+ at AAA 136

        Those numbers with that power in AA in a pitchers league, while just turning 20 is more impressive than what Myers did in a hitters league against slightly better competition (the talent difference between AA and AAA isn’t that great) while being 1.5 yrs older.

      • paperlions - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        Seriously? People want to act like age and parks/leagues don’t matter. Myers played in the PCL, a hitters mecca….Taveras played in the Texas League, which is very pitcher friendly. Thus, similar numbers but huge differences in their performances when standardized to the league average.

      • thefalcon123 - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        I totally think parks matter. I also think the fact that Tavares didn’t play above AA is a much bigger factor.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        LOL Card fans
        Wrong about Myers/Tavares
        Just like they were wrong about Carps/Vasquez

        Have Cards fans figured out how wrong the were back then and how correct Keith Law was with his votes?

        Doubt it

      • thefalcon123 - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        Though I don’t recall Paperlions ever once complaining about Keith Law’s Cy Young votes, we all do appreciate your pointless trolling.

    • sportsdrenched - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Oscar got his reward in spring training when FSMW named him: “Minor League Guy”.

      • mattyflex - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        That was one of the best graphics I’ve ever seen.

  2. randall351 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Too bad he can’t outperform the player blocking him in the Majors though, you know that almighty baseball player Jeff Francouer.

    • sportsdrenched - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      or pitch

    • groundruledoublebourbon - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Maybe Myers and Frenchy can platoon? And by “platoon,” I mean Wil can play every day while Frenchy hands out pizzas and hundred-dollar bills in penance for stealing $6.75 million of KC’s money next season.

      • Tyree Studio - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        The fact that KC left Myers down in AAA long enough to hit over 35 hrs tells you all you need to know about the organization. They’d rather save some money, continue to promote their “frenchy quarter” nights at the K and play a horrible (but nice guy) ballplayer in RF.

        I wish I could quit the Royals

  3. rcali - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I don’t understand how Sid Fitch got left off the list again. He’s had some mind blowing numbers in the minors this year.

  4. keithbangedyermom - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I’ll bet right now Oscar > Will over the course of their MLB careers.

  5. sisqsage - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    We all know how much having some great prospects has helped the Royals over the last 2-3 years win their division, the AL pennant AND the World Series…

    Royals fans seem to be disgusted with the ownership. That is what has to change or having some nice prospects (because you have struggled for so long and thus got very high draft picks year after year) won’t do you any good.

  6. hokiegajanisgod - Sep 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Any guy who swipes like 150 bases (Billy Hamilton) gets my vote….

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