Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Tampa Bay Rays

by Nicholas Minnix on January 21, 2013 @ 12:32:43 PDT


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When will Tampa Bay promote Wil Myers?

There will be a lot of rotisserie excitement about Myers, fueled at least in part by the 2012 campaigns Mike Trout and Bryce Harper had, but also because of the clippings that Myers generates. Folks using those rulers are probably setting themselves up for disappointment.

First, Myers is a great prospect, but he's not quite in the class of the Washington Nationals' stud-to-be, or that of the record-setter from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Second (a), the 22-year-old is virtually assured of beginning this season in the minor leagues. Second (b), the franchise hasn't been in a hurry to promote some prospects, especially position players, until they prove that they have an understanding of certain skills the organization values. See Desmond Jennings, 2011, for evidence.

Tampa Bay must be frugal, but only arbitration clocks are enough to keep the club from bringing up youngsters when the Rays' evaluators are confident that they're ready for The Show. Myers could probably stand to work on his control of the strike zone, among other things. Mid-May is the earliest, and it's not a given.

Don't be surprised if Tampa Bay signs a well-traveled vet or two in hopes of providing competition for projected left fielder Sam Fuld's playing time, at minimum.

The Rays are known for producing super sleepers. Who'll it be this year?

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