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Triple-A Stats: .317/.403/.653, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 23 BB, 38 K (44 G)
Royals' general manager Dayton Moore has indicated that it's the team's preference to keep Wil Myers in Triple-A through at least the end of the 2012 season, if not to start the 2013 campaign as well in an effort to keep Myers' service-time clock from starting (via foxsportskansascity.com).
The problem, of course, is that Myers continues to crush minor league pitching—between Double-A and Triple-A this season, he has a .331/.411/.685 batting line with 27 home runs and 71 RBI in 80 games.
Tommy Gregg, a nine-year MLB veteran and current hitting coach for Myers in Triple-A Omaha, has compared Myers to a former two-time MVP winner (via above link):
I was going to say, like, Dale Murphy...because he (also) made the switch from catcher to center field. (Myers) has the same quick hands and (is) slender but strong. Golly, I mean, same thing with Wil. He's just some kind of strong.
Myers is ready to help the Royals now, and getting him major league experience this year will only make him a better player next year. From a baseball standpoint, the Royals, who are out of contention, have nothing to lose.
Trade Bait He's Ready to Replace
Veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur, whom the Royals signed to a reasonable two-year, $13.5 million contract this past winter.
Frenchy still has one of the great throwing arms in the game, and while his offensive numbers aren't earth-shattering (.252/.292/.382, 7 HR, 24 RBI), he should have value to a contending team looking to add another bat to their lineup.