The Tampa Bay Rays will enter the 2013 season without the man they drafted in the 16th round of the 2000 MLB Player Draft. James Shields will join Wade Davis in Kansas City, hoping to lead the Royals to their first playoff appearance since 1985. During the Royals press conference introducing the newly acquired pitchers Shields stated,
“I’m excited… I see the transformation with the organization”.
This deal was centered around the Rays receiving outfielder Wil Myers in return.
According to MLB.com Myers ranks third on the Top Prospects List. He had a sub-par season in 2011, largely due to a knee injury. In 2012, he put to rest any concerns over the knee injury or his performance. Voted as Baseball Americas 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, Myers racked up 37 HR’s and 107 RBI’s in 134 games played (AA / AAA). If you are still unsure of his potential, look at how he performed at the age of 19. While playing for the Burlington Bees and Wilmington Blue Rocks, Myers belted 14 HR’s, had 80 RBI’s, and collected a .315 AVE, playing in 126 games (A / A+).
Can you figure out Player A and Player B?
While both players had great seasons, I’ll take Player B’s numbers. Wouldn’t you?
Both players at the age of 21, split time between Double-A and Triple-A, and playing one year before being called up
Player A struck out less and walked more but otherwise, Player B led in almost every offensive category.
Do you remember how much hype Evan Longoria was getting as he dominated the minors? That’s right, Player A is Longoria during his 2007 campaign. Player B is Myers, last season.
If Myers is able to perform close to the level of Evan Longoria; this is a great trade for the Rays. Longoria was getting an incredible amount of buzz in the Tampa Bay area while he was putting up these numbers in 2007, rightfully so. If Myers had put up these numbers in the Rays organization, most people who think this was a bad trade for the Rays would change their mind.