Kansas City Royals outfielder Wil Myers has been named the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America. J.J. Cooper of BA details the selection in his article that was published today.
The 21-year-old started the season ranked as BA’s twenty-first-best prospect, but he’s steadily climbed their chart as well as that of other minor league analysts with his impressive 2012 campaign.
Over 522 at-bats between the Royals Double- and Triple-A affiliates, Myers hit at a combined clip of .314/.387/.600 with twenty-six doubles, six triples and thirty-seven home runs.
His home run total gave Myers the second-most in the minors, behind only Philadelphia Phillies prospect Darin Ruf. Myers told Cooper that one of his goals was hitting for more power this season, and he certainly achieved that, tallying twenty-three more home runs than his previous season-high.
Myers is still a candidate to be a September call up, but the Royals have said that he will remain in the minors through the minor league playoffs. He is expected to compete for a corner outfield role with the club next spring.