Well, that didn’t take long. Just an hour after losing Sunday’s finale 5-3 to the Kansas City Royals, the Tampa Bay Rays decided it was time to recall top prospect Wil Myers. So they made the move, with Ryan Roberts being optioned to the Triple-A Durham Bulls.
A former Royals prospect, Myers was the key piece acquired in the offseason deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. All indications point to him making his major league debut on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.
In 63 minor-league appearances this season, Myers is hitting .283 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs. But more than that, he’s been lights-out in June, batting .327 in 13 games.
For Rays fans, this move was a long time coming. The offense had seemingly reverted back to its April form, scoring three runs or less in four of their past seven outings (all losses) — not exactly the recipe for success anywhere, let alone in the incredibly tough AL East.
Now, will it work out?
That’s a question no one can answer right now. However, it’s worth a try. This Rays offense can’t score runs or drive guys in to save their life currently, so adding Myers might provide a much-needed spark. Myers’ call-up also provides a struggling Rays team with another weapon. They already boast gold glove third baseman Evan Longoria, hot hitter Matt Joyce and team RBI leader Kelly Johnson, but adding somebody else can’t hurt.
Roberts is a great player, but he hasn’t regularly been part of the starting lineup. That makes him rusty and really, who benefits from that? Sending him to the minors allows for more at-bats, thus making things better for both parties.
While Myers’ impact on the Rays is uncertain, one thing’s for sure: he’s getting an opportunity every single player dreams of.