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DOB: 12/10/1990 (Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 205 lbs
Drafted/Signed: Third round, 2009 (Wesleyan Christian Academy, N.C.)
Scouting Notes: After battling through a knee injury in 2011, Myers turned in a monster season at the plate last season, batting .314/.387/.600 with 37 home runs in 134 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Despite the huge numbers and his proximity to the major leagues, the Royals traded Myers to the Rays as part of a prospect package for James Shields and Wade Davis.
At 6’3”, 205 pounds, Myers' upper body is loaded with quick-twitch muscles; seemingly flicks his wrists at the ball without sacrificing hard contact; setup is upright and slightly open; allows him to clear his hips and tap into his plus pull-side power; excellent bat-to-ball skills; has a tendency to drop his back shoulder; swing can get long; streaky at times; gets out on his front foot; can overcommit against off-speed; cast hands around ball; mechanical/timing issues that will be ironed out with experience.
Developed as a catcher up until the 2011 season; surprisingly athletic for his size; showcases smooth, natural actions in the outfield; good instincts; average range; plus arm strength that will play at any outfield position; played 87 games in center field last season; will likely play a corner position in the major leagues.
Spring Training Forecast: Myers will undoubtedly be the talk of Rays' camp this spring and will receive every opportunity to prove he’s ready for the major leagues.
2013 Outlook: Even if he tears the cover off the ball this spring, Myers is ticketed for Triple-A to start the season. However, once he’s clear of service-time concerns in June, expect the 22-year-old to hit in the middle of the Rays' order. And if he goes off as expected, Myers could be locked up with a team-friendly contract a la Evan Longoria and Matt Moore.