William Bradford Myers…committed to the University of South Carolina before signing with the Royals…graduated from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C. in 2009…finished his senior year batting .532 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI and was named the second-best "Pure Hitter" in the 2009 draft by Baseball America...led his squad to the North Carolina state title as a junior in 2008, pitching to a 10-0 record, including the victory in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series…originally signed by Royals' scout Steve Connelly.
Had a career season, setting career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2016 and named to his first career National League All-Star team...Became the first Padre in team history to post a season with 25-or-more doubles, home runs and stolen bases and was one of just three in the Majors in 2016 to post those numbers, joining Mookie Betts (42 doubles, 31 homers, 26 stolen bases) and Mike Trout (32 doubles, 29 home runs and 30 stolen bases)...Per STATS, Myers is one of only three Major League first baseman (based on primary position in season) all-time to have a season with 25 doubles, home runs and stolen bases, joining Joe Carter (27 doubles, 32 home runs, 31 SB in 1987) and Jeff Bagwell who did so twice in 1997 (40 doubles, 43 home runs, 31 SB) and 1999 (35 doubles, 42 homers, 30 SB)...Earned National League All-Star honors, hitting .286 (97-for-339) with 19 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs, 60 RBI and 61 runs scored with 15 stolen bases and an .873 OPS over 87 games in the first half of the season...Myers started the game for the National League team, batting cleanup as the designated hitter and going 1-for-3 with a double in the NL's 4-2 loss to the American League...On 6/7 vs. Atlanta he hit a game-ending single to give the Padres a 4-3 win over the Braves, his second career walk-off hit and first since 8/3/13 for TB...At home he hit .306 (93-for-304) with 20 doubles, two triples, 18 homers, 58 RBI and 60 runs in 80 games, compared to .210 (62-for-295) with 10 home runs and a .633 OPS in 77 games on the road...He set Petco Park single-season records in several categories, including hits (93), home runs (18), RBI (58) and runs (60), along with a .306 average that ranked tops among all players with at least 250 at-bats in a single season in Downtown San Diego...Enjoyed his best month of the season in June when he was named National League Player of the Month after hitting .327 (32-for-98) with 10 doubles, 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 25 runs scored in 26 games...His 33 RBI in June led all Major League players, as did his 21 extra-base hits while his 75 total bases led all National League players...Against right-handed pitching he hit .258 (118-for-457) with 24 doubles, four triples, 20 home runs and 72 RBI with a .791 OPS, while hitting .261 (37-for-142) with eight home runs and an .814 OPS vs. left-handers...With runners in scoring position he hit .280 (37-for-132) with seven home runs.
Played in 60 games for the Padres, missing time with two separate stints on the disabled list....Made his second career and second straight Opening Day roster, starting in center field and hitting leadoff Opening Day, 4/6 at LAD...Over his first 32 games he hit .291/.340/.493 (39-134) with five home runs, 19 RBI and 28 runs scored before landing on the 15-day DL on 5/19 (retroactive to 5/11) with left wrist tendinitis… missed 28 games before returning from the DL on 6/11....Over 23 games in the opening month, he hit .286 (28-98) with four home runs, 15 RBI and 21 runs scored, the third-most runs scored in the month of April in franchise history and most since Al Martin scored a franchise-record 25 runs inApril 2000…his 21 runs scored in April were tied for the most in Major League Baseball with St. Louis' Matt Carpenter....At the time his first injury took him down, his 28 runs scored from 4/6-5/10 were most in the Majors while his 39 hits ranked tied for ninth in the Majors and tied for third in the National League....Over a four-game streak from 4/28-5/2 he scored multiple runs in four-straight games, matching the Padres franchise record…fourth time a Padre scored multiple runs in four-straight and first since Damian Jackson in 2001 (4/5-8/01)… only others to do so were Greg Vaughn in 1998 (7/13-17/98) and Bip Roberts in 1990 (9/16-19/90)....Played in three games 6/11-13 before landing back on the 15-day DL on 6/15 (retro to 6/14) with left wrist tendinitis...Underwent surgery on 6/18 to remove a bone spur in his left wrist, performed in Scottsdale, AZ by Dr. Donald Sheridan…transferred to 60-day DL on 8/8....Missed 70 games on the DL a second time before being reinstated from the DL on 9/4....Played in 25 games from 9/4 through the end of the season, hitting .208 (16-77) with three home runs and 10 RBI....Recorded a career-high tying four RBI on 9/14 atARI, sixth four-RBI game of his career and first since 5/4/14 at NYY....Made 56 starts total, with 33 in center field, 19 at first base, three in left field and one in right field…each of his first 28 starts came in center field while 19 of his final 28 starts came at first base...Of his 56 starts, 51 came batting leadoff…in those 51 starts batting leadoff he hit .271/.343/.459 with eight home runs, 29 RBI and 40 runs scored…hit two leadoff home runs, his lone two career leadoff homers, with his first on 4/25 vs. LAD and his second on 9/14 at ARI....Overall on the season hit .350 (14-40) with runners in scoring position, including .348 (8-23) with RISP and two outs.
The reigning American League Rookie of the Year was limited to 87 games due to a right wrist fracture...Was sidelined 70 games from 5/5 - 8/20…started 84 games (76 in RF, eight at DH) and made appearances at first base (two games) and center field (one game)...Made his first Opening Day roster on 3/31 vs. TOR…started in right field and went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI...Hit everywhere from first to seventh in the starting lineup during the course of the season…hit leadoff twice for the first time in his career on 5/13 at SEA and 5/21 vs. OAK...Logged his third career multi-homer game on 4/19 vs. NYY in what was his 104th career game…since 2000, he is one of four Major League players to total three multi-HR games in his first 104 career games before turning 24 years old, joining Laynce Nix, Brad Miller and Ryan Braun...From 4/28 - 5/15, hit .290/.339/.477 (31-for-107) with eight doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI in 26 games...On 5/4 at NYY, hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run off CC Sabathia…it was the first inside-the-parker in the Majors in 2014...Became the first visiting player with a grand slam and a inside-the-park HR at new Yankee Stadium…the slam came on 6/23/13, also off Sabathia...Began his career with a 13-game hitting streak at Yankee Stadium before going hitless on 9/9…per ELIAS, it was the longest streak in road games against the Yankees to begin a career since WSH Eddie Foster in 1912-13 (17 games) at Hilltop Park and the Polo Grounds...Had a two-RBI sac fly on 9/16 vs. NYY, the first two-run sac fly in Rays history scoring Evan Longoria from third base and James Loney from second base…it was the first two-run sac fly in the Majors since LAA Mike Trout on 8/10/12 vs. SEA.
Named 2013 Jackie Robinson American League
Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers'
Association of America, earning 23 of 30 firstplace
votes…he was the third Rays player to
win the award, following Evan Longoria (2008)
and Jeremy Hellickson (2011).
Ê Won the award despite playing only 88 games
after his June 18 call-up…became the first position
player to win AL Rookie of the Year in fewer
than 100 games and the second in major
league history, joining PHI Ryan Howard (2005,
Ê Also recognized as AL Rookie of the Year by
Sporting News, AL Outstanding Rookie in
the Players Choice Awards, Rays Oustanding
Rookie by the Tampa Bay chapter of the
BBWAA and was named to Topps All-Rookie
Ê Led AL rookies in RBI (53), go-ahead RBI (15),
doubles (23), extra-base hits (36), on-base percentage
(.354) and slugging percentage (.478)
and tied LAA J.B. Shuck for first in total bases
(160)…became the first player to lead AL rookies
in RBI in less than 90 games since DET
Hoot Evers in 1946 (33 RBI in 81 games).
Ê After his June 18 call-up, led the team in doubles,
RBI, runs scored (50), OBP (.354) and
SLG…the Rays went 56-38 (.596) after his callup,
compared to 36-33 (.522) before it.
Ê Became just the fifth rookie in the 2000s to
lead a postseason-bound team in batting (.294)
after the All-Star break…joined OAK Yoenis
2013 A.L. JACKIE ROBINSON
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BALLOTING
1ST 2ND 3RD PTS
Wil Myers, TB 23 5 1 131
Jose Iglesias, BOS/DET 5 17 4 80
Chris Archer, TB 1 5 15 35
Dan Straily, OAK 1 2 4 15
J.B. Shuck, LAA 1 1 4
Cody Allen, CLE 2 2
Martin Perez, TEX 2 2
David Lough, KC 1 1
2014 TAMPA BAY RAYS MEDIA GUIDE
40-MAN ROSTER › WIL MYERS
Cespedes in 2012, STL Albert Pujols and SEA
Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and SEA Carlos Guillen
Ê During the Rays 23-4 run from June 29-July 30,
he led the team with a .351 (33-for-94) average
and 18 RBI.
Ê During the Rays season-ending 14-5 surge, he
hit .310 (22-for-71) with 10 2B, 2 HR and 11 RBI.
Ê Made 68 starts in right field and DH'd 11 times…
also started 6 games in center field in August
when Desmond Jennings was on the DL.
Ê Had 2 multi-homer games: July 28 at NYY and
Sep 4 at LAA…in the latter game, he became
the first major league rookie to hit 2 HR accounting
for all his team's runs in a victory
since PIT Garrett Jones on July 17, 2009 vs. SF,
and the first rookie in Rays history to do so…
Rays won 3-1…joined Evan Longoria as the only
Rays to have multiple 2-HR games as a rookie.
Ê Hit 3 HR in 12 games at Yankee Stadium, the
first visiting player to hit 3 HR there in his rookie
season since CWS Chris Singleton in 1999.
Ê His first major league home run was a grand
slam off CC Sabathia on June 23…it made Wil
(22 years, 194 days) the fourth-youngest visiting
player to hit a grand slam at Yankee
Stadium (new or original) and the youngest
since SEA Ken Griffey Jr. in 1991…also became:
n The fourth visiting player all-time to hit a
grand slam at Yankee Stadium (new or original)
for his first major league home run, first
since DET Ricky Peters on May 27, 1980…
the others were both pitchers: WAS Camilo
Pascual on Aug 14, 1960 and DET Zeb Eaton
on July 15, 1945.
n The fifth player all-time whose first career
home run was a grand slam off a Cy Young
Award winner…oddly, three of the previous
four were pitchers: MIN Danny Valencia
(July 26, 2010 at KC off Zack Greinke), SEA
Felix Hernandez (June 23, 2008 at NYM off
Johan Santana), CHC Burt Hooton (Sep 16,
1972 at NYM off Tom Seaver) and WAS
Camilo Pascual (Aug 14, 1960 at NYY off Bob
n The first visiting rookie to hit a grand slam
at Yankee Stadium (new or original) since
SEA Carlos Guillen on Aug 7, 2000, and the
first visiting rookie to have 3 hits and a
grand slam at Yankee Stadium since CLE
Enrique Wilson on Sep 21, 1998.
Ê Homered on June 24 off TOR Esmil Rogers,
a 422-foot blast to CF, to become the third
in Rays history to homer in his first career
plate app at Tropicana Field…he joined Terry
Shumpert (March 31, 2003 vs. BOS) and Joe
Dillon (May 30, 2009 vs. MIN)…it was the middle
of back-to-back-to-back homers with
James Loney and Sam Fuld, the second occurrence
in franchise history.
Ê In his 24 games in AL East road parks, batted
.351 (34-for-97) with 5 HR and 22 RBI.
Ê Combined for 27 HR, 110 RBI and 36 2B between
the majors and Durham in 152 games.
Ê Entered 2013 rated by Baseball America as
the No. 1 prospect, Best Power Hitter and Best
Hitter for Average in the Rays system…also
ranked the No. 4 prospect in the minor leagues
Acquired from the Kansas City Royals on Dec 9, 2012, as part of a seven-player trade that sent pitchers James Shields, Wade Davis and a player to be named later (INF Elliot Johnson) to the Royals for Myers and three other prospects... In 2012, became the third player ever to win the Baseball America, USA Today and Topps Minor League Player of the Year awards in the same season, joining Andruw Jones (1996) and Josh Beckett (2001)... His 37 home runs between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha were the 2nd most in minor league baseball, 1 shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf, who hit 38 for Double-A Reading (Phillies)…his 313 total bases led all minor leaguers and his 109 RBI ranked 4th...his .987 OPS was 5th among full-season minor leaguers…he was one of six minor leaguers with a .600 or better slugging pct... According to Baseball America, became one of 10 minor leaguers in the past 50 years to hit 35 or more home runs above Class-A before turning 22…only two others matched or exceeded his 37 HR: Arlo Engel (41 for Double-A El Paso in 1963) and Paul Konerko (37 for Triple-A Albuquerque in 1997)…his 37 HR were 29 more than he hit in 2011 and 23 more than he had ever hit in any of his previous three minor league seasons... Made a total of 83 starts in CF, 18 in RF and 15 at 3B... Was the second-youngest regular in the Pacific Coast League, trailing only Seattle shortstop prospect Nick Franklin (who was transferred from Double-A Jackson to Triple-A Tacoma on June 20)... Collected 2 hits and drove in 3 runs for the U.S. squad at the Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8, his second straight Futures Game appearance…three days later was selected the "Star of Stars" for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording 2 hits, including a double, with 1 RBI.
Wil spent the entire season with Northwest Arkansas (AA)...missed significant time with a serious laceration
on his knee and a subsequent infection ...Followed up his campaign as one of the best hitters in the Arizona Fall League, batting .360 (31-for-86) with 5
doubles, 5 triples, 4 home runs, 18 RBI and 24 runs scored in 23 games for Surprise...finished second in the league
in on-base pct. (.481), third in slugging (.674) and third in OPS (1.156)...his 20 walks tied for the league lead.