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Aug 06

Myers…Mania?

 

The biggest piece of the offseason's James Shields trade has been paying immediate dividends for the Rays.  (Photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

The biggest piece of the offseason’s James Shields trade has been paying immediate dividends for the Rays. (Photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

If I were to tell you there’s better than a one in five chance that the third best fantasy player from the last month was available in your league, is that something you might be interested in?

 

(Photo: Mike Carlson/AP)

Following a walk-off single August 3rd, Myers’ teammates tried cooling him off. ¬†Didn’t work though, as he hit his 8th homerun of the year the following day. (Photo: Mike Carlson/AP)

Well then listen up, because somehow Wil Myers remains owned in just 79% of Yahoo! leagues. Acquired in the James Shields and Wade Davis trade along with Jake Odorizzi, Myers had to wait until June 16th to get the call to the big leagues (exactly a month after Odorizzi). However, after hitting 14 homers in just 64 games for AAA Durham, baseball’s number four prospect was set to make his major league debut, and he hasn’t looked back.

Myers has at least one hit in all but one of his last 16 games, and has reached base successfully in every game since July 8th. He’s only getting better too as the 22 year old is hitting a miraculous .413/.472/.739 in his 46 second half at bats.

Throughout his first 39 big league games the rookie is second in the American League in batting average at .329 (off the lead by just one thousandth). His eight homers and 30 RBI are both above league average, despite having just 169 plate appearances. Not to mention he has five steals (and has only been caught stealing once), and carries a pristine fielding percentage of 1.000.

Similarly to his NL potential rookie of the year counter part, Yasiel Puig, Myers goes without batting gloves.  (Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP)

Similarly to his NL potential rookie of the year counter part, Yasiel Puig, Myers goes without batting gloves. (Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP)

Projected over 162 games his numbers translate to 96 runs, 33 homeruns, 125 RBI, and 21 stolen bags. Those numbers would put him just a single homerun back of Yasiel Puig, give him 49 more RBI, and an equal amount of steals, while striking out 15 times less and taking 12 more walks than the near All-Star over a full season (when likewise extrapolating Puig’s numbers over a full season). Not too shabby for a couple kids that don’t wear batting gloves.

In his first 39 games, Myers’ play has already provided the Rays with 1.6 wins against replacement and he hasn’t had a multi-strikeout game since he had two Ks against the Yankees on July 26th (where he also had two hits). During that span he’s walked seven times compared to just five strikeouts.

While a small sample size has to be taken into account, he’s still owned in 13% fewer leagues than Puig, and there’s nothing indicating he should be.

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