Wil Myers Joins Padres History Books with Cycle Monday

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 11, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 9: Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres plays during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on April 9, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Denis Poroy/Getty Images

San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers went 4-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple and a home run in Monday's 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Myers' effort made him just the second player in franchise history to complete the cycle, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com). Matt Kemp produced the first cycle in team history, doing so just two seasons ago.

Entering his fourth and final at-bat of the night, Myers required a triple—generally the hardest to achieve of the four—to reach the cycle. He proceeded to line a pitch into the left-center field gap and sprinted around the bases for a stand-up triple to achieve the feat.

Coors Field is known as probably the best hitter's ballpark in baseball due to its high elevation. Given that information, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that it has helped produce the most cycles in the league since its inception in 1995. The park has surrendered 15 cycles over that span, clearing the next closest—Globe Life Park in Arlington—by eight.

Myers never played more than 88 games in a season during his first three professional campaigns, but he displayed promise in limited action. The 26-year-old finally blossomed last season, collecting 28 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 2016. Coincidentally, it was also the first season in which he made the permanent switch to first base.

The 2009 third-round pick rose up the minors while playing the outfield and saw a lot of time there in his early seasons at the top level for the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays. The wealth of talent the Padres, who traded for him in December 2014, had in the outfield beginning last season led to the logical move, allowing Myers to focus more on the offensive part of his game.

Myers responded with career-high numbers and he's off to a solid start this season, owning three home runs through Monday's tilt. He gets an opportunity to add to his success at Coors Field on Tuesday and Wednesday before the club heads to Atlanta for a four-game series.

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