A lot has been made over the Kansas City Royals‘ number one prospect Wil Myers and especially his 2012 season. Between AA and AAA Myers hit .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBIs. The latter two would be impressive numbers in a six month season and Myers accomplished them in the five month minor league season. He has already been named the Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and by USA Today and this week he was also named the winner of the JG Taylor Spink Award for the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year.
Myers becomes only the third player of all time to scoop all three major awards in a single season, the other two being Andruw Jones and Josh Beckett. Both of course have since gone on to have quite good major league careers and the Royals have very high hoped for Myers.
Of course, this latest award will again fuel suggestions that Myers ought to play in the major leagues next year. Those suggestions are still, if not quite baseless, at least misguided. Myers will get a shot out of Spring Training. But it is important to remember that this is a player who is yet to have a full season even at AAA. The part of the season in which he did play he did brilliantly, but it is still worth seeing if he can repeat the performance and how well he made offseason adjustments. There is no need to bring him to the majors yet unless he absolutely demands it out of Spring Training and there is certainly nothing right now to say that he should not start the year at AAA Omaha.