Rays say it's time: Durham Bulls' Wil Myers gets call to majors

csmith@newsobserver.comJune 17, 2013 

It was inevitable. After three years as a minor leaguer, two full seasons with the Kansas City Royals organization, Tampa Bay’s top prospect Wil Myers received the call Sunday afternoon that he would be leaving the Durham Bulls for the Rays – his first stint in the major leagues.

Myers, 22, was informed of the move after being pulled from the game against Indianapolis following an RBI double. The International League leader in RBIs, Myers has been a run-scoring machine of late with five homers and 14 RBIs in just 14 games this season.

The 2012 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America has been considered one of the best prospects this season and Baseball America editor John Manuel believes he might follow in the shoes of Mike Trout – the 2011 Minor League Player of the Year and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year.

“To me, I think he winds up contending for rookie of the year,” he said. “I think he’s that good. In our minds, talent plays. And for the (Rays), he might be one of the three or four most talented players in their lineup.”

Myers hit .283 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs this season in Durham. He likely will take the roster spot of second baseman Ryan Roberts, who will be sent down to the Class AAA Bulls after hitting just .238 this season.

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