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Wil Myers to start the season in the minors

Dec 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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Early leader for the 2013 Mike Trout Award: Wil Myers:

While the Rays like to delay the arbitration/free agent clock on all their young players, [Wil] Myers will most surely begin the year at Triple A Durham so he can continue to develop and so he can build the confidence that comes with playing everyday before he faces the bright lights of the major leagues for the first time.

I hope the AL MVP award comes down to Mike Trout, whose case is one of counting stats, and Myers, who has amazing rate stats. The people who hate both rate stats and who think prospects like Myers are overrated will be at risk of ‘asploding heads.

  1. Carl Hancock - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I’d love to see both Myers and Oscar Taveras make a splash next season.

  2. joerymi - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    If I am Myers, I don’t come within a hundred feet of one of their early 8-year extensions.

    • Kevin Gillman - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      It sure worked for Evan, right? He’s making a ton of money, and is in the process of playing for one MLB team his entire career.

      • joerymi - Dec 24, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        They are intentionally team-friendly deals, are you disputing that? Sure, he RE-signed a nice deal that will pay him market value, maybe slightly less.

        But Myers will be asked to sign a deal simalar to Matt Moore. A deal, very likely, Moore will regret when he is 28,29,30 and is seeing his counterparts hit free agency and sign 100+ Million Dollar deals.

        Sure, If Moore’s shoulder tears off, it will have been a great deal for him. And if Myers becomes a bust then he would also be happy he took it.

      • Kevin Gillman - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Honestly, how many players are truly happy after they sign their big money contracts? Call me crazy, but they should be blessed they can play baseball, period. They all make their millions regardless.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      I agree. Especially when they will hold you back before your big league career starts.

      Give your “El Cheapo” contracts to someone else.

  3. 13arod - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    i would like to see trout, myers,and harper on the same team

    • psuravens19 - Dec 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      They should all get invites to play in the WBBC…. I know I’d tune in to watch.

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    It has nothing to do with confidence, it’s about service time. The Rays do this with every minor league guy that they’re high on. It’s one of many unfortunate necessities that small budget teams have to deal with.

  5. kelshannon19 - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    The bright lights of tropicana field? Not really a place where fans will get in your head. Mostly because they aren’t there.

    • joegolfer - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      Very true. Sad when the players have to ask the team to give away seats or sell them at a very deeply discounted price just so that they can play in front of a larger crowd once in a while.
      Read a newspaper article recently that mentioned that the Cubs lowest paid attendance for a single game last season was a gate that had over 28,000 fans (even if some don’t show up, as they may be corporate tickets). Their average attendance was much higher. Many teams would kill to have an average attendance of that, and the Cubs made this “lowest attendance” with one of the worst teams in baseball.
      Tampa just doesn’t draw fans, despite a good team. Hopefully Wil Myers will do well again in triple A and reach the pro level by June.

      • kelshannon19 - Dec 25, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        Agreed. The Rays finished last in baseball in attendance and they were in the playoff race the whole year. The Astros were the worst team in baseball and even they finished better than the Rays in attendance. I dont understand.

      • golfnut788 - Dec 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        Miami and Tampa both have terrible attendance and here is why. People come down here from the north and stay loyal to their teams. Miami is a perfect example. Millions of people, a beautiful stadium and nothing but Yankee fans living there. This will never change. It’s a real shame. The only time we fill up the stadium are when the Yankees and Red Sox come to town.

  6. gotampabay52 - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Myers will do well….read SI article throws a ball under legs to first base from shortstop.. not manu men would even try that…… kid will be go has to start in minors to get an extra yr duh

  7. kswest - Dec 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    The Royals possibly planned to start him at Omaha next season, so him starting at Durham is really the same idea. KC and TB two similar small market franchises, the only difference is the level of success each team has had in the past five seasons.
    No way to know how Myers will do in the bigs. I do know that anyone who was with the Royals seemed to have more success away from them. Examples are Zach Greinke and Carlos Beltran.

  8. PHILLYPHanalysis - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    The Marlins are obviously only worried about the future at this point. They got some pretty good young talent in the blockbuster this offseason, they have one of the best sluggers in the majors now and for years to come, and they play in arguably the best division in the NL. They saw just how hard it is to buy a contender last year, so they are pretty much starting over from scratch.

    If you are going to build a team around one player, Giancarlo Stanton isn’t the worst choice. He is one of the rare talents in the Majors that makes other All Star calibur players come out of the clubhouse to watch the kid take batting practice. He is just pure power. The craziest thing…he isn’t done developing. He will only be 23 this year!

    I wish there was ANY possible way for the Phillies to get him, because he is EXACTLY what they need. It’s absolutely impossible, but I can still dream, right?

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