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This is 100 percent speculation. I've never actually watched Myers swing a bat, but there are two very good reasons for assuming he'll be an elite talent within the next two seasons:
No. 1: Matt Joyce and Sam Fuld
The trade to acquire Myers yielded quite the return for a patented salary dump, as the Rays were able to clear $13.8 million off of their books for the 2013 season while acquiring four minor leaguers.
Whether they bring him up in the coming weeks or wait as long as mid-June for the chance to hang on to him for an extra season seven years from now, Myers will be in the majors before the All-Star break, and he will be playing every day. Both Fuld and Joyce had their fifteen minutes of fame, but they aren't the future.
No. 2: Kansas City was actually excited about Wil Myers
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Even though I live nowhere near the city, I'm able to share in their annual misery. God bless fantasy football, because there's no other reason for people in Kansas City to get excited about the NFL.
Over the past decade or so, the same could be said about MLB in KC.
However, I was in Kansas City for the All-Star FanFest last season, and the autograph line for Wil Myers was longer than any other wait during the five days in that convention center. Everyone was thrilled to meet the new face of the franchise.
To be fair, there was a similarly lengthy line in St. Louis in 2009 for Colby Rasmus, and we're still waiting on him to pan out.