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Rays could promote Wil Myers soon

Jun 8, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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Rays prospect Wil Myers could be promoted to the big leagues within the next 10 days, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden. The Rays acquired Myers in the trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals. With Triple-A Durham, Myers entered today’s game with an .841 OPS with ten home runs in 257 plate appearances. He hit homers 11 and 12 this afternoon’s game against Louisville.

Myers was rated the #4 overall prospect by both Baseball America and entering the 2013 season.

  1. 13arod - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    hopefully he turnes out like evan longoria

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      fat chance

  2. raysfan1 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Get that bat in the lineup!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      get some fans in the seats first

      • indaburg - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        Oh, goodie. You’re trolling us now. Are the Jays playing too well or did you confuse the ‘J” with the ‘R’? Easy mistake.

    • indaburg - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      I like the idea of bringing him up when our offense has already been producing. There is less pressure on him now to be our offensive savior.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        If you’ll recall, I said in the off season after the Rays picked up Loney that they needed one more batter to go with the pitching staff and be able to keep up in the AL East all season. I think Myers is that batter. Scott’s splits showed he was at best a platoon option from the get go.

  3. yondo123 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Finally up soon after being stashed on my bench this season….

    • tuberippin - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      It’s made me regret choosing Myers over Puig. But hopefully Myers has an impact bat at the ML level.

  4. basiltharat - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Oddly enough there’s a story on that says the Rays aren’t likely to call up Myers anytime soon, basically because there’s no place to play him. I suppose if he’s good enough you make room, but the only possibility would involve dumping Luke Scott. Probably not a bad idea actually, but I dunno … it’s not like the Rays are having much trouble scoring runs. Anyway I’ll trust the beat writer before I trust Bowden.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      In addition to Scott, Sam Fuld, Sean Rodriguez, and Ryan Roberts could be possibilities. Fuld would probably be the most logical option, but with Zobrist being able to play any infield position he allows us to not need as much depth as the typical team.

      • deman951 - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        I watch almost every single game and I doubt it will be anyone besides Luke Scott, he brings nothing to the table anymore. Ryan Roberts will stay because he is Longoria’s backup and SRrod will stay because he is versatile. Sam Fuld has speed and is a good pinch runner that leaves Luke the only choice. We can then move Kelly Johnson to either DH spot or try him out at LF moving Matt Joyce the DH and put Wil Myers in RF.

      • steve7921 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Luke Scott is really the only option. Fuld, Rodriguez and Roberts are Maddon favorites…especially Rodriguez (see the broken hand incident).

      • indaburg - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        Looking at his numbers (.693 .OPS, .224 BA, 22% K rate), lack of versatility, and injury proneness, I think you might be right. Luke Scott does seem to be likeliest choice to make way for Myers.

    • alexandercartwright - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Wonder if HBT ever really goes back & checks how many times they’ve included Jim Bowden as the main source to only see he’s ‘just a bit outside’ on his accuracy

    • detroitfanatic - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      There is no way Myers is promoted. They do not need him, and unless Luke Scott is traded, have no where to play him. Since April 17th, the Rays lead MLB in total offense. Kelly Johnson is mashing. Matt Joyce, after a brutal start, has had a slash line of .301/.381/.542 over the last 30 days (arbitrary #, but easy to search on fangraphs). Jennings is, well CF. Loney is suddenly a top 5 1st baseman (Joyce, Scott, or Johnson to 1st). Luke Scott is the only underperformer, and they won’t give up on him after 100 PAs, or stash him and another outfielder on the bench.

      Even their bench has been great, with Fuld being the exception, but he was never on this team for his offensive prowess anyways. Fuld is the defensive replacement for Johnson late in games, and is the only outfielder that can handle center when Desmond gets a day off. Besides, Fuld would have to clear waivers to be sent to Durham, so he isn’t going anywhere.

      I see KC once again as an ideal trade partner if the Rays truly want Myers up in the next 10 days. KC has another few weeks to turn it around, or give up on this season. They have won 3 in a row, so they have a glimmer of hope. The Rays have a lot of what KC might like. Maybe a Joyce for Herrera swap, so they can finally DFA Francoeur. Maybe Luke Scott or Brandon Guyer and Sean Rodriguez/Brian Roberts for a B chip prospect. Both Rodriguez and Roberts can play both third and second, a huge hole for the Royals, and both would be an upgrade.

      If the Rays promote Myers, they will have had to make a pretty significant move to allow this, because Luke Scott is too good to DFA, and too bad defensively to be their only outfield reserve. My money is on Myers staying put til the Rays actually need him, whether it be because of injury, a complete team offensive meltdown, or Luke Scott proving after another 100 PA that he has just completely lost it.

  5. kcrobert10 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Good luck Mr Myers and rays fans have u guys seen how other royals prospects under Dayton Moore have prefromed at the major league level.

  6. 13arod - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    i am 95 % sure that fuld will be in triple a when they call him up i really like fuld but he has not preformed well this season but i want ryan roberts out as soon as possible

  7. Norcross - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    other than Scott, every name mentioned is a part time player. when Myers comes up, he needs to be playing almost every day. I don’t see where he fits (yet). as much as I love his bat potential, I’d rather him get more ABs in Durham then sit the bench in the bigs.

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