Tampa Bay Rays Preparing Wil Myers To Be This Year’s Rookie Star

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The Tampa Bay Rays pulled the trigger on one of the biggest trades of the MLB off-season when they traded James Shields away to the Kansas City Royals for a package of prospects that included one who is going to make a huge impact in 2013, even if it isn’t going to happen until a few months into the season.

That prospect is Wil Myers, who will start the season in Triple-A, but will likely be promoted by the end of May for Tampa Bay and that spells trouble for a lot of people. Myers could turn into this season’s Mike Trout.

Myers hit 37 home runs last season playing at Double-A and Triple-A in the Kansas City system. It was obvious that Kansas City wanted to improve for a playoff run this season and that meant trading him away. Tampa had to be the happiest team around to get the super-prospect pried away from Kansas City, as Myers has the potential to come up to the major league level and hit 15 or 20 home runs this season if he is promoted by the end of May.

I have no doubt that Myers will be the next great young outfielder in MLB, but the Rays are smart to wait on his arrival. There is no reason to rush him to the major leagues right out of camp. I’m sure it will happen sooner than later and when it does, he will be there to stay.

There is a very bright future for Myers in Tampa Bay and fans around MLB are about to see it happen right before their very eyes.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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