As the Kansas City Royals steadily distance themselves from their horrific 3-14 start to the 2012 season (21-16 since), it is still very clear that there will be absolutely zero deviation from the blueprint set forth by general manager Dayton Moore.
The gradual injection of homegrown talent will make up the bulk of the Royals’ roster for the foreseeable future. And it appears there is no interest in a huge free-agent acquisition or blockbuster trade to push the team over the top either.
Whether or not that is a suitable approach can be debated ad nauseum, but if the plan for the Royals is to draft, develop and eventually live or die with their own players, the next step is rather obvious—call Wil Myers and tell him to pack his bags for Kansas City.
The 21-year-old outfielder is having his best year yet, while making two stops in the Royals’ minor league system.
Last year didn’t go so well for Myers, who only hit .254/.353/.393 with eight home runs, 49 RBI, 50 runs and 23 doubles, while striking out 87 times in 354 at bats at Double A Northwest Arkansas. This year, however, is a much different tale.
Before being promoted to Triple A Omaha, Myers was hitting .343/.414/.731 with 13 home runs, 30 RBI, 32 runs and 11 doubles. Since the promotion, he has been hitting .324/.375/.703 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 13 runs in just 20 games.
Though a drop-off in production was expected, Myers is making things look very easy this year.
Similar to how Eric Hosmer was producing at Omaha last year before being called up in early May, Myers could soon force Moore's hand.
Kansas City’s outfield seems crowded at the moment, especially with Lorenzo Cain on the comeback trail. But how could they not make room for Myers, who has proven that he is ready to face big league pitching?
Sure, there are arguments to keep Myers in the minors a bit longer for further development, but those objections are quelled by his bat.
The Royals are within striking distance in the American League Central. Maybe bringing up Myers can serve as their “big splash” to make a move for a postseason berth, or at the very least masquerade as a valiant attempt to do so.
If what Moore is preaching to Royals’ fans about his outline for the organization is true, the time is now for Myers to join the likes of Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon.
Moore needs to pick up the phone and invite Myers to Kansas City for a cup of coffee pronto.