One of MLB’s top hitting prospects, Wil Myers, has been promoted to the Tampa Bay Rays first team, and will join the squad as they travel to Boston.

Myers replaces Ryan Roberts, who has been optioned to Class AAA Durham (N.C.).

The USA Today Sports’ 2012 Minor League Player of the Year was hitting .283 with 14 home runs in Class AAA. He does have 71 strikeouts in 63 games but has been hitting the ball much better recently.

He was acquired by the Rays from the Royals in an offseason deal that sent starters James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. David was the winning pitcher against the Rays on Sunday.

Ranked the third-best prospect in the Royals farm system by Baseball America prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, Myers, now 22, was ranked among the top 50 prospects in the sport. At the beginning of this year he was considered the game’s fourth brightest star of the future.

Myers was drafted by the Royals in the third round, with the 91st overall selection. He proceeded to sign a contract with the franchise that included a $2 million dollar signing bonus.

He made his debut in professional baseball in 2009, when he batted .369 with 5 home runs in 84 at bats with Royals' Rookie League affiliates, the Idaho Falls Chukars and the Burlington Royals.

His 2010 season began with playing catcher for the Burlington Bees of the Midwest League, for which he was named to the Midwest League All-Star team.

On July 1, 2010, the Royals promoted Myers to the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, a league generally considered more advanced than those he had previously played in. In his Carolina League debut, Myers had three hits, including a two-run single that gave his new team a three-run lead. He finished the 2010 season batting .315 with a 429 on-base percentage overall, and totalled 14 home runs, 83 runs batted in, and 85 walks between his time in the Midwest League and Carolina League.

On December 9, 2012, Myers was traded to the Rays (along with Jake Odorizzi, Patrick Leonard and Mike Montgomery) in exchange for Shields and Davis.

 

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