Despite Struggles, Royals Prospect Wil Myers Will Be Just Fine

Myers remains one of KC's top hitting prospects despite any downturn in stats this season.

It's easy to think Wil Myers is in a slump. And certainly, he's struggled to hit the ball in the second half of the season thus far. But it'd be a mistake to say that Myers is having a down year or think any less of the overall talent just because of his numbers in AA.

The numbers up until this season have been almost overwhelming during Myers first two years in the minors. The Royals third round draft choice in the 2009 draft hit an astounding .369 through two stops during his inaugural season, slugging at an incredible .679 clip as well. In 2010, he continued his blistering pace at the plate while adjusting to the catcher position in the minors, hitting at a .315/.429/.506 overall line with 37 doubles and 14 homers in 126 games. That's the perfect gap power teams love to see from their 19-year-old hitters.

This season, Myers became the youngest player in the Texas League at age 20 and, at some level, the competition catches up to every player eventually. That's exactly what's happened to Myers to some degree this year as he's dropped down .253/.349/.370 line in AA ball. He's also been switched to the outfield to accommodate the Royals long-term plans which also include Salvador Perez behind the plate. In other words, he's playing higher than he should be at this point while learning the nuances of all three outfield spots, as the Royals have played him multiple games at left, center and right field.

The drop in productivity at the plate should be no surprise to anyone inside or outside of the organization. The jump to the Texas League is overwhelming for every prospect and Myers has held his own thus far. The best move for the Royals would be to give Myers regular reps until season's end so he can have the full season in AA and then bring him back at the same clip the very next season. The second time around the Texas League should be much kinder.

While the power has disappeared this year to a large degree, a slugger like Myers can put some power behind his swing once he's confident in it again. As he learns the adjustments to a new level of competition, Myers stock will skyrocket once again and prove his doubters wrong.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Kansas City

You must be a member of SB Nation Kansas City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Kansas City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.