Wil Myers is a top-five prospect and could very well be a top-five outfielder within the next few years. Fantasy baseball owners are eagerly awaiting his arrival to the majors and the Tampa Bay Rays are testing their patience. With his Super Two eligibility no longer a factor, fantasy owners are beginning to picture an hourglass that’s about to run out.
At 14-17, Tampa Bay can use an upgrade to their offense. The issue is not that a roadblock stands in front of Myers because their primary right fielder, Ben Zobrist, is their best utility man. Tampa Bay may just be waiting for Myers to get hotter than his .275/.372/.422 and three homer start to the season.
In his five-year minor league career, Myers has accumulated a .301 batting average with 67 homers including 37 bombs in 2012 alone. Myers is capable of making an immediate impact upon his arrival and should be owned in all fantasy formats. He showed that he can handle major league pitching during spring training and likely would have broke camp with the team if it had not been for financial reasons.
Myers has been bothered by a minor wrist injury and a foot contusion but has taken the field without limitation for the past two weeks. Over his last ten games, he is hitting just .171 which is the biggest reason that he remains in Durham.
It should be less than a month before Myers gets the call and takes over the starting right field job in Tampa Bay. Upon his arrival, he becomes a must-own fantasy player and Zobrist will bounce around between the outfield and middle infield. His value will not be harmed by the change but Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar will become irrelevant in standard formats.