Tampa Bay Rays Must Call Up Wil Myers Now

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The beginning of the 2013 season has been one that the Tampa Bay Rays would love to forget. The Rays were just 4-9 heading into Wednesday night’s play. The Tampa Bay offense has been completely non-existent being worst in MLB with a team batting average of just .204 to go with scoring only 39 runs in 13 games. There is one player waiting in the minor leagues that could easily come up and give this team a boost in Wil Myers.

Myers came over in the James Shields trade from the Kansas City Royals during the offseason. Myers has played in 11 games at the Triple-A level this season with a .317 average and nine RBI. I like those numbers especially with how the big league team is doing. It is time to bring Myers up even if it means starting his service clock earlier than the team wanted. The Rays can’t wait any longer to make a move because the American League East is starting to slip away even in mid-April.

Tampa is already five games out of first place. The addition of Myers to the lineup would at least give the team some life, even if it is only temporary. The Rays will hit at some point this season, but I’m not sure how much longer they want to wait. Myers is going to be a Rookie of the Year candidate when he is brought up. There are people who think it will be in May, but the Rays need Myers now as opposed to then. The move seems too logical to me, and it’s just up to Tampa to make the decision.

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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