Kansas City Royals: 6 Ways Wil Myers Will Help
The Kansas City Royals have been among the MLB's most notorious bottom-dwellers for the better part of the last two decades. Long gone are the days of George Brett and Frank White. Fans must now experience the likes of Jeff Francoeur, Jeremy Guthrie, among countless other underachievers that have donned blue and white over the years.
However, for the first time in a long time, there is a cautious sense of optimism settling in over Kauffman Stadium. With a budding star in Eric Hosmer already on the roster, the presumed addition of outfielder Wil Myers into next year's lineup brings hope to a seemingly hopeless baseball city.
Myers is a 21-year-old that spent the majority of his 2012 campaign in Triple-A. While his .313 batting average and 37 home runs this year is enough to excite fans in itself, Myers' all-out style of play reminds scouts of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.
It's completely unfair to expect Myers to produce like either Harper or Trout anytime soon. However, the guy has the potential to become the cornerstone of the Royals lineup for years to come.
Let's take a look at six specific ways that Wil Myers will help turn things around in Kansas City.
In a league that is thoroughly divided between the "haves" and the "have nots," the Kansas City Royals undoubtedly fall into the latter category. The team plays in such a small market, that it can be difficult to generate fan interest, especially when the on-field product is generally sub-par.
With Eric Hosmer already on the scene, along with other promising prospects on the roster, the addition of Wil Myers will only increase attendance at games and, in effect, produce more revenue for the club.
This will enable the Royals to pick up better quality free agents to surround their young prospects with.
The Royals will never be the Yankees or the Red Sox in terms of how they spend money. However, if baseball has taught us anything over the last two decades, it's that small market teams are capable of winning on tight budgets.
If Wil Myers explodes on the scene next season, the Royals may be sitting pretty a few years down the line.
As we talked about in the previous slide, the Royals are never going to be able to afford top free agents. The only way this club will ever compete with the big markets will be if they can breed young, cheap talent from within and pay them pennies on the dollar compared to what the wealthier clubs spend on free agents.
Wil Myers is going to fit that mold for his first several seasons.
If he turns out to produce like he is projected to, the Royals will be getting All-Star caliber play out of a guy making close to the minimum salary. For small market teams to compete, it's essential that the bulk of the roster fits that description.
The Royals aren't there yet, but other small market teams have laid out the mold for how to win on a budget. With the talent the organization has waiting in the minor leagues, things could be looking up in Kansas City in the near future.
Foundation for the Future
It's been a long time since Royals fans have had anything to be hopeful about. After years of repeatedly taking a beating from the American League's stacked lineups, the team is finally starting to put itself in position to become competitive in the near future.
With Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, among several other top quality prospects on the Royals current roster, the Royals are no longer going to be a running joke in major league circles.
With that, there are several top minor league prospects that are waiting in the wings.
Wil Myers will only add to the solid foundation the Royals are building. He may take a year to really break out onto the scene, but Myers has the potential to be the centerpiece in the team's plans for years to come.
Wil Myers didn't win Baseball America's Prospect of the Year award for no reason. Despite being one of the youngest players at the levels he was competing at this year, Myers hit .313 and increased his power numbers from 15 homers to 37.
The guy can flat out hit.
Being that Kansas City is ranked 27th in all of baseball with just 113 home runs this year, they could probably use Will Myers potent bat in the middle of the lineup.
He will not be the entire answer to the team's chronic offensive woes, but he will undoubtedly bring some power to a weak lineup.
The Royals Need an Outfielder
Alex Gordon has shown some promise over the last two seasons. With that, Lorenzo Cain should only improve as he sees more major league action. However, Jeff Francoeur could be the worst right fielder in all of baseball.
Not only is Francoeur hitting a dismal .233, but his on-base percentage is .285 and he only has 12 home runs so far this season.
In short, Francoeur doesn't hit for either average or power, nor does he get on base very much. If the Royals want to be competitive, they need to find a replacement in right field.
Wil Myers could be the perfect fit.
With Wil Myers in right field, Kansas City will have an outfield that is capable of competing with the large market teams. With some improved pitching, this is a team that could make some noise within the next two seasons.
Lots of players can hit for power, but elite hitters can hit for both power and average.
We've seen it with the Yankees in recent years. Players like Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Nick Swisher consistently hit between .240-.250 with close to 30 home runs.
Conversely, Derek Jeter will hit .300 but with around only 10-12 homers.
While it's great to have guys in your lineup that hit home runs, it's essential to have players that will hit 25 homers, while still hitting .300 as well. Although they are a rare breed, the Royals may have one in Wil Myers.
Myers versatility at the plate will be a potent combination in the Royals lineup for years to come. His .313 average in the minors, to go along with 37 homers above the Single-A level before his 22nd birthday, makes Wil Myers an elite prospect.
In short, Myers will provide a dynamic, powerful addition to a lineup lacking a consistent home run threat other than Billy Butler.
On the field, Myers has the ability to catch, as well as play the outfield. In a league where catchers are a valuable commodity, it's always smart to have a player that can play behind the plate, while still possessing an elite bat.