Aug 18, 2012; Papillion, NE, USA; Omaha Storm Chasers center fielder Wil Myers (8) takes his position in the first inning against the Nashville Sounds at Werner Park. The Storm Chasers had on OmaHogs jerseys during the special promotional night. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE
Wil Myers finds himself in unique company after being named the 2012 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year.
Since 1981, 30 players have been named the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year. As noted previously, Wil Myers won the award this season after he posted a .314/.387/.600 season with 37 home runs and 109 RBI between AA Northwest Arkansas and AAA Omaha.
When Myers reaches the major leagues, he will actually be the sixth player of the 30 who have spent time in their careers as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Current left fielder Alex Gordon won the award in 2006.
It's hard to judge what will happen to Myers in his major league career, as it has yet to start...however he will be in good company.
Looking a the career WAR of the winners, it's a list of many of the games great players over the past three decades:
Frank Thomas 69.7 WAR 19 major league seasons
Derek Jeter 69.1 WAR 18 seasons
Manny Ramirez 64.8 WAR 19 seasons
Andruw Jones 59.5 WAR 17 seasons
Dwight Gooden 45.1 WAR 16 seasons
Jose Canseco 39.2 WAR 17 seasons
Tim Salmon 37.1 WAR 14 seasons
Joe Mauer 35.9 WAR 9 seasons
Eric Chavez 33.9 15 seasons
Tom Gordon 32.5 WAR 21 seasons
Josh Beckett 31.3 WAR 12 seasons
Paul Konerko 25.1 WAR 16 seasons
Gregg Jefferies 17.0 WAR 14 seasons
Alex Gordon 15.6 WAR 6 seasons
Jason Heyward 13.4 WAR 3 seasons
Sandy Alomar Jr 11.6 WAR 20 seasons
Derek Bell 11.3 WAR 11 seasons
Matt Wieters 10.6 WAR 4 seasons
Jay Bruce 10.0 WAR 5 seasons
Mike Trout 9.9 2 seasons
Jeff Francis 9.8 8 seasons
Rocco Baldelli 9.1 WAR 7 seasons
Mike Marshall 8.3 WAR 11 seasons
Jon Rauch 6.5 10 seasons
Mike Bielecki 6.4 WAR 14 seasons
Jeremy Hellickson 5.3 WAR 3 seasons
Rick Ankiel 4.9 WAR 10 seasons
Ron Kittle 3.5 WAR 10 seasons
Delmon Young 1.5 7 seasons
As you can see many enjoy atleast a decade in the major leagues, and over two-thirds of those who were previously named the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year have gone on to stardom in their major league careers.
The average service time among that list? 11.66 years and a WAR of 25.04. That also doesn't taken into account the continued improvements in the numbers by those who are still active in the game (16 of the previous 29 winners).
Does that mean Myers will enjoy a Mike Trout like season in 2013? Not likely, but looking at the WAR of the players listed, odds are that Myers will enjoy a solid big league career.