Wil Myers, beginning to rake (USAT Images)
Just a few short weeks ago, Rays prospect Wil Myers was undeniably struggling. His batting average sat below .250, and the power numbers were nothin' special. Myers wasn't exactly building a strong call-up case.
And then the assault began. Myers has pummeled International League pitching in recent days, with little mercy. Over his last 10 games, he's gone 18-for-44 with 11 extra-base hits (six homers included), and he's driven in a ridiculous 21 runs.
Last Tuesday, he hit a fourth-deck moonshot that is believed to be the longest blast in the history of home runs Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
On Sunday, he delivered a near-cycle in a win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, clearing the fence for the tenth time this season in a 3-for-4 performance. Myers has multiple hits in six of his last eight games, raising his slash-line to a respectable. 280/.358/.500. He's available in 73 percent of Yahoo! leagues at the moment, so most of you can stash him now for later use.
Obviously I can't tell you precisely how long we'll have to wait for Wil; the Rays are not always the most fantasy-friendly team where prospects are concerned. But whenever he arrives, he'll offer serious power potential. Myers hit 37 bombs across two minor league levels last year, you'll recall, driving in 109 runs and slugging .600. No, there's not much speed here, and Myers isn't likely to be an asset in batting average — he's whiffed 61 times already this season, and he K'd 140 times in 2012. We're not promising a five-cat star.
Still, Myers is the sort of prospect who can clearly assist in the second-half, and could easily emerge as a difference-maker during the most important weeks of the head-to-head season. If he was kicked to the curb in your league back in mid-May, consider the pick-up.
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