Wil Myers: Finally Free – a Royal Retrospective


Wil Myers will eventually be the Royals right fielder. Well, someday, right? (Credit: Mindy Haas)

Wil Myers will make his Major League debut on Tuesday in Boston after being called up by the Tampa Bay Rays.

For many Royals fans, it’s a year too late, and in the wrong uniform on top of it, but no matter what the past was, in the present, Wil Myers is a Ray and getting his first taste of big league ball this afternoon.

As one of three Royals prospects to be named Minor League Player of the Year, Myers represents one of the bigger developmental successes in Royals history, but now, he has to prove it in the Show. I think he will and I wish he’d be with the Royals while he did so. But that’s not how things worked out and now, it’s time for closure.

So to celebrate, here’s a timeline of our journey with Myers as a Royal.


  • It started as so many pro careers do, when the Royals selected Myers in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
  • Myers and the Royals agreed to terms. Myers represented a case of the Royals investing in players who dropped due to fear of their bonus demands.



July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA player Christian Yelich (left) is congratulated by teammate Wil Myers (1) after scoring a run during the sixth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports


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And here we are now. Myers takes his first steps into a big league batter’s box today, and the story continues, but in a different setting.