There have been plenty of honors bestowed upon Wil Myers in the last few months on the heels of his fantastic 2012 season. Baseball America named the 2012 Minor League Player of the Year and USA Today followed suit honoring him in a similar fashion. Baseball America has since ranked him as; the #3 prospect to play in the Texas League, the #1 prospect to play in the Pacific Coast League and the best power prospect in the PCL. In addition to that, in a move that shocked no one, he was recently tabbed as the #1 prospect in the Kansas City Royals system. BA’s Top-100 rankings for the 2013 season won’t be out for a while yet, but there is little doubt that Myers will land in the Top-5 on that list as well.
Yesterday he received another honor as Minor League Baseball and the Topps Company selected him to the nine player Topps Triple-A All-Star Team.
Joining Myers on the team are:
- C – Travis d’Arnaud, Las Vegas (Toronto)
- 1B – Anthony Rizzo, Iowa (Cubs)
- 2B – Alex Castellanos, Albuquerque (Dodgers)
- SS – Jake Elmore, Reno (Diamondbacks)
- 3B – Jedd Gyorko, Tucson (Padres)
- OF – Adam Eaton, Reno (D-Backs)
- OF – Jerry Sands, Albuquerue (Dodgers)
- RHP – Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
Myers hit 0.314/.387/.600 with 26 2B, 6 3B and 37 HR between Double-A and Triple-A as a 21-year old and is certainly deserving of all the accolades and lofty rankings that have been coming his way. He’s also deserving of the hype as he is a truly special player who possesses a rare impact bat and all the other skills and traits you look for in a potential superstar.
Whenever the Royals and GM Dayton Moore talk trade with another organization, he’s understandably one of the first players that teams are going to inquire about. He’s also one of two Royals (the other being Salvador Perez) I would not trade away unless I were completely knocked off my feet by an offer. Even then I would have to pause and think about it.