Kansas City Royals: Wil Myers Wins the J. G. Taylor Spink Award
There is nothing left for Wil Myers to do in the minor leagues.
The Kansas City Royals' top prospect received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year. Baseball America and USA Today also named Myers the top minor league player.
One look at his stats makes it easy to see why he was selected. Between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, he batted .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBI.
For those readers who thumb their noses at those splits, he had a combined OPS of .987 that includes his 1.146 OPS at Double-A. There are not calculations for his WAR nor OPS+. It is safe to assume that they would be solid.
He strikes out too often, 140 times this year, but remains a potentially lethal weapon for Kansas City.
According to Jake Kaplan at MLB.com, Myers is the third player to win all the top Minor League Player of the Year Awards. Andruw Jones and Josh Beckett are the others.
And yet, despite putting up the monster numbers in Triple-A, there is one stat that most readers of this article will share with Myers: games played in the major leagues.
According to Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports Kansas City, the Kansas City front office debated back and forth during the season what to do with Myers, especially with right fielder Jeff Francoeur having an ineffective season.
They chose to keep him down.
There are several reasons that the Royals held him back. He was not required to be on the 40-man roster, and using one of those spots could have exposed a prospect like Jake Odorizzi to the Rule Five Draft.
And, of course, not bringing him up meant his clock for being arbitration-eligible will not start until 2013, giving them a little more time of financial control.
Now there is no reason to keep him down. The Royals need to shop some of the big league hitting talent to shore up their pitching staff. Kansas City should bring up the 22-year-old to start the year. Like Mike Trout in 2012, he has nothing left to prove in the minors.
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