Does Wil Myers Remind You of Someone?

Wil Myers(Maybe Dale Murphy?)

The Rays’ newest prize is much, much more than the 2012 minor league home run king, says Lars Anderson. Scouts liken him to Dale Murphy, and Myers put up impressive numbers in Triple A this past season. He is expected to be a mid-season call-up to his new team, the Rays, in 2013, but Wil Myers did not expect to be where he is today.

On Easter Sunday, 2011, Myers suffered a freak knee injury while sprinting back to his apartment building, rather than waiting out a deluge in his car. While he had only average numbers in 2011 while recovering, he sees the incident—and the trade to Tampa—as a blessing in disguise. “The year I got hurt and struggled was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, because before then I was thinking, You know, this game is pretty easy. Well, it’s not. But I do think about what would have happened—and where I’d be right now—if I had stayed in the car that Easter. Would I have gotten called up [to Kansas City]? Would I have gotten traded? I’ll never know (page 55).”


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