Rays Call Up Top Prospect Wil Myers

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Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Outfielder Wil Myers is headed to the big leagues.

Myers, last year’s Minor League Player of the Year, was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.

“It’s something that we’ve been deliberating for a while, and his recent hot streak certainly accelerated the conversations,” said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. “As we’ve talked about since Spring Training, when we felt like he was ready, it would be important to auger out a spot for him. Over the last week, we spent a lot more time thinking about it, talking about it, and we felt like injecting one more bat against right-handed pitching that we felt like had a chance to do some damage was something that we wanted to do. We think he’ll fit right in with our group and be one of nine in our offensive unit to score runs.”

Myers was acquired in a seven-player trade with the Kansas City Royals this past offseason, in which the Rays sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

In 64 games for Triple-A Durham this season, the 22-year-old Myers has hit .284 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs.

To make room for Myers, the Rays optioned infielder Ryan Roberts to Durham.

Myers will join the team in Boston on Tuesday.

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