Kansas City Royals: Why Top Prospect Wil Myers Should Be Called Up Soon
While it is obvious that Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore is adamant about sticking to his plan of how he handles the team's prospects, Wil Myers is making it very difficult for Moore to not deviate from it just a bit.
Through 59 games, Myers is batting .342/.404/.724 with 21 home runs, 56 RBI, 50 runs and 17 doubles.
Myers is the next Royals' position prospect to follow a path to Kansas City similar to Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. And although he has only played 24 games at Triple-A Omaha, fans are starting to get excited about a potential Myers sighting in KC.
Here are three reason why Myers should be making his Major League debut soon.
Lorenzo Cain Still Not Ready, Center Field Open
One of the centerpieces in the trade that sent starting pitcher Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the 2011 season, Lorenzo Cain has yet to produce much in a Kansas City Royals' uniform due to injury issues.
Out of the lineup since April 10 with a groin strain, Cain experienced another setback with a torn hip flexor he suffered in the third game of his rehab assignment on April 24 with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
The Royals have used Jarrod Dyson, Mitch Maier and Jason Bourgeois in center field in Cain's absence, but the results have not been favorable.
Royals Need Help on Offense
After finishing 10th in all of Major League Baseball last year in runs scored, the Kansas City Royals are tied for the fifth fewest runs so far in 2012 due to prolonged slumps by Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur, and some rather atrocious peripheral statistics from the entire team.
While Hosmer and Francoeur have been better as of late, the Royals simply aren't getting the collective performance from their hitters to win on a regular basis.
Although it is assumed that his success this year in the minors will not exactly translate over to the big leagues immediately, Myers is making it look very easy in Omaha and would be an upgrade over the current production the Royals are getting from the center field position.
Fans Are Frustrated, Need a Boost
Die-hard Kansas City Royals fans respect the course of action that general manager Dayton Moore is taking in bringing the franchise back to relevance. But with another season rapidly spiraling downward, fans are clamoring for major changes within the organization.
Short of blowing everything up and starting from scratch, promoting Wil Myers will at least give the fans something to look forward to for the remainder of the season.
For a season that was supposed to serve as a positive stepping stone as the Royals inch closer to .500 baseball and eventually into contenders, calling up Myers will help ease the frustrations of a demoralized fanbase for the time being.