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Wil Myers was one of those guys who was prospected heavily in 2010. Back then, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals, with which he spent exactly zero time at the professional level when he came up in 2013. His first couple years were spent with the Tampa Bay Rays. With a .293 AVG, 13 HRs, and 98 Hits, Myers was awarded the American League Rookie of the Year in 2013.1)Wil Myers. www.baseball-reference.com
Myers is one of those guys who was featured in the 2010 Bowman Chrome set, which was highly popular upon release thanks to guys like Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward, and Bryce Harper. As with any Bowman set, the 2010 Bowman Chrome release features all kinds of prospects with varying degrees of talent. Looking back at the roster of guys, so many faces have come and gone with a plethora of hopeful careers gone by like a flash in the pan. This is the same pan that didn’t out for many of these young hopefuls. I wish I could say this isn’t uncommon but it’s all too familiar with young scouted talent. The major leagues are major business. It’s not for everyone. Only the statistical outliers make it that far and only the anomalies meet or exceed expectations. Bottom line, it’s tough up there!
Myers, while he’s already been shuffled around to a couple of teams, has done alright for himself and is one of the few lucky guys from the 2010 Bowman Chrome roster who actually still plays at the professional level. At the ripe age of 25, he made his first All-Star appearance with the San Diego Padres in 2016. With a .259 AVG, 28 HRs, and 155 Hits, his performance has improved from his ROY season. Granted, development is always expected with guys who show signs of longevity.
The San Diego Padres signed Myers to a 6-year $83M contract through 2022 with a team option in 2023. This means the Padres have high expectations of Myers. If he stays healthy, he could be the franchise player and the Padres could stand to build the team around him.
While the hobby is focused on covering superstars like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, underdogs like Wil Myers are quietly building a name for themselves behind the curtain of ultra coverage.