Even though Wil Myers is currently tearing the cover off the ball in the minor leagues, the need to make the move to bring him up currently is not there. While Myers stats show he is very capable of handling the pitching at the Triple A level with his triple slash at .321/.369/.718 with 8 home runs and 22 RBI’s. The big issue, and this is a good thing, is that Jeff Francoeur Alex Gordon, and Jarrod Dyson are currently entrenched at the pro level as the starting outfield. If Myers is going to be called up, he’s going to play every day and not ride the pine like Johnny Giovatella did earlier this season and a roster move will need to be made.
The final issue surrounding Myers call up, is the super two status. The super two status means that the player acquires arbitration eligibility after two years of service instead of the required three years. Though the Royals upper management will vehemently deny this, the super two status for highly regarded prospects is always in the back of their minds. The Royals have shown that they will disregard the super two status when there is an obvious need for help at a certain position, see Hosmer, but with the current players entrenched in the outfield, there isn’t a demand for him to be called up.
So when can we expect to see Wil Myers called up. Barring any unforeseen injuries, I see the Royal’s calling up Myers sometime in the next 6 to 8 weeks. When he does get called up, I fully expect that either Francoeur has been traded to a team that is in need of his defense and a right handed bat that can come off the bench or the Royals have moved Francoeur to center field. If the Royals move Frenchy to center, Myers will play right field on a full time basis and they will have Dyson coming off the bench.
Here’s the great thing about having all these issues with Myers. The Royals are officially starting to look like a professional baseball team. Any of the good contending teams have these issues on a regular basis. There is nothing wrong with having a legitimate back up playing in Triple A because as we’ve seen this season, injuries are a major part of baseball and having a serviceable backup within your organization that you can rely upon should injuries become an issue.