3. Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Myers could be quite the steal after he was taken in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Kansas City Royals out of Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina in 2009. He was traded this past winter to the Rays in the deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to KC. Myers dominated at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha in 2012, hitting .314 with 37 dingers and 109 RBIs in 522 at-bats. Twenty four of those homers came at Omaha. He was named Minor League Player of the Year as a result.
Myers: future stud
This 22-year-old will be special. It's not a matter of if, but when. He's a natural hitter who has excellent bat speed and quick hands through the zone. Myers should hit for both a respectable batting average and plenty of power in the majors. His lack of elite speed is the only real knock on him. Although he hasn't made his debut in the bigs yet, Myers could easily make an impact similar to those Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did last season.
It's easy to become eager to own a commodity such as Myers in fantasy baseball circles, but not so fast. He'll start the year with Triple-A Durham, and the Rays don't seem to be in a rush to bring him up. After all, they do have a pretty good reputation for developing young talent, so they know what they're doing. For a cost-conscious team like Tampa Bay, Myers' service time and arbitration clock will play factors, too. If you want him in a keeper league, you'll need to pay a pretty penny. The same goes in redraft leagues, although there's no guarantee we see him before September or even at all this year. Once Myers does come up for good, he has the tools to be a middle-of-the-order, run-producing stick for years to come.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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