Tampa Bay Rays fans can rejoice, as the team has called up top prospect Wil Myers from the minors. The Rays confirmed the news on their Twitter account:
Needless to say, his big league teammates are excited about his impending arrival, per Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:
Dick Vitale, himself a Rays fan, couldn't contain his excitement either:
As for what role Myers should expect to play, manager Joe Maddon seems poised to ease the prized prospect into the fold, per Smith:
#Rays want to ease the pressure off Myers, Maddon saying he'll hit lower in the order, be one of nine, and "piece of the puzzle"— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 16, 2013
Myers has spent the entire season with the Triple-A Durham Bulls, posting 288 plate appearances in 63 games. He has had little trouble, hitting .283 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI.
You can see a 2013 comparison between Wil Myers and the starting outfielders (Kelly Johnson, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce) below.
Ever since the blockbuster trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for a package that included Myers, it's been a waiting game to see when the outfielder would play in a major league game.
Will Myers win the AL Rookie of the Year award?
Talent was never the issue with him in terms of his MLB arrival. Myers looks like one of the most polished offensive players to come along in the last few years and his presence should add a jolt to the Rays' lineup.
It was expected that he would start the season in the minor leagues for financial reasons, as it would extend his arbitration clock. With that no longer an issue, the path has been cleared for his call-up.
The move couldn't come at a better time for Tampa Bay. The team is in fourth place in the American League East with a 36-33 record. The Rays rank 11th in the majors in batting average and are eighth in home runs. Those numbers, while not bad, should improve with Myers in the fold.
Myers is the reigning Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year. It will be interesting to see if he can follow the 2011 winner, Mike Trout, in taking home the AL Rookie of the Year award.