The Rays Need To Call Up Wil Myers Pronto!

2 And A Hook Podcast Talks About Calling UP Wil Myers – 25 Minute Mark

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Thursday Apr.18/2013

Myers ascended onto the PCL scene last year and ripped out 24 HRs in just 99 Games at Omaha. The Rays will be counting on him for their offensive future for many years to come. The club has featured a futile attack with the bats - hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .204//284/.588. They have scored only 39 Runs - while allowing 59 Runs through 13 Games.

Myers ascended onto the PCL scene last year and ripped out 24 HRs in just 99 Games at Omaha. The Rays will be counting on him for their offensive future for many years to come. The club has featured a futile attack with the bats – hitting for a 3 Slash Line of .204//284/.588. They have scored only 39 Runs – while allowing 59 Runs through 13 Games.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

First off, I wanted to say that I completely respect the Tampa Bay Rays – and especially am an avid supporter of the head office – including GM Andrew Freidman.  I will get to all of this in this article.

It is time to call up Wil Myers to the big club! 

The club is mired in a slow start at 4 – 9 and are already 5 Games Behind the AL East Division Leaders ‘Boston Red Sox.

The team traded away Veteran Pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City in order to acquire the top hitting prospect.

Here is why the time makes sense.

Service time for Super 2 Arbitration Status and Free Agency Year aside, this clubs current offense is abysmal despite having great pitching ability.

Wil Myers Highlight Reel:

Joe Maddon has a career Record of 616 - 582, but was 458-352 over the last 5 years  from 2008 - 2012 (.565)  He runs his offenses like the Angels used to, with a NL style built on speed and contact.  Wil Myers definitely help this club

Joe Maddon has a career Record of 616 – 582, but was 458-352 over the last 5 years from 2008 – 2012 (.565) He runs his offenses like the Angels used to, with a NL style built on speed and contact. Wil Myers definitely could help this club with some power.

Inserting Wil Myers into this Lineup would be an instant upgrade to any player they have on the 25 Man Roster. It might also have the same kind of effect that Mike Trout had with the Los Angeles Angels last year.

So what about paying him more early?

Chances are that the Rays nice stretch of winning baseball play is about to come to an end.

David Price and Ben Zobrist are both eligible to walk away from the team after 2015.  There is no way the organization will let the reigning Cy Young Award Winner, plus a great WAR player over the last several years – walk without trading them first.

Really the wheels for the team starting a decline have come by not holding onto Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton.  The Rays are limited in the revenues that they can generate.  So much like other small revenue teams like the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers all have to know when to sell some of their players.

Since the Tampa Bay Rays Drafted so high for years, the talent eventually all made it to the big leagues at the same time.  As the years have gone by, the service times have also drawn closer to the Free Agency, plus the salaries have gradually escalated.

The club has made the playoffs 3 times in 5 years, won 2 AL East Division Titles and made the 2008 World Series – before losing to the Philadelphia Phillies.  It has been a great half of decade.

Freidman was smart enough to realize that his offense was going to lose B.J. Upton over the winter, so with 2 years left in James Shields contract, he decided to roll the dice on the trade he made with the Kansas City Royals.

The difference is salaries between Shields + Davis compared to Wil Myers was over $10 MIL in the next 2 years.  This trade precipitated the trade for Yunel Escobar, plus gave them the ability to sign Luke Scott and James Loney as well. 

Thus far, the Rays are not receiving bang for their buck from any of those aforementioned players.

The Starting Pitching is extremely deep.  The franchise had the best ERA in the second half of last years MLB season. 

With David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and returning veteran Jeff Niemann back in the fold, it seemed that the rotation could withstand the loss of Shields.  However Niemann was placed on the 60 Day Disabled List, and #5 Starter Roberto Hernandez has been less than stellar – going 0 – 3 with a 5.79 ERA.

The offense has not helped the club at all.  After Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist both hitting .302, the team doesn’t have one hitter batting over .250. 

The time to strike in the AL East is still right now.  The Yankees will not be at their best for a few years (especially in 2013 and 2014 – while they fight Father Time – before going under the Luxury Tax Threshold in 2014.)  The Red Sox are in a transition phase even with a hot 9 – 4 start, while the Jays and Orioles are vastly improved – but haven’t put it all together yet.

I give the Rays a 2 year window to win in 2013 and 2014, before the team needs to recede back to rebuilding for some years after.  There is a lot of talent that the Rays also have in the system – with accordance to pitching mostly.

Evan Longoria’s salary calls for $6 MIL in 2013, $7 MIL in 2014, before the numbers exponentially jump higher.  Starting in 2015, the man will make $11 MIL and continue to drastically balloon. This will only make it tougher to keep other top players or attract them.

You have Wil Myers at a decent Entry Level contract for at least 3 years.

David Price has 2 more years left in Arbitration.  Next year, he is sure to enter the stratosphere of Tim Lincecum‘s $20 MIL a year Arbitration deal.  This will make it tough to sign anyone else to compliment the offense in 2014 and 2015 (if he is not traded by then).

By not calling up Wil Myers now, it could cost the team wins they desperately need to make up in the next month.  When it finally hits 2016 – 2019, the club may not be in a position to make any playoffs – like they can right now.

The next month is one of the most crucial month’s in franchise history.  While they are calling up Myers, they might as well callup Starting Pitcher Chris Archer (to replace the Pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.)

The Rays should be in operation – play for 2013! Don’t waste another day.  We only need to look at the Rays and Angels from losing their chances at a playoff spot in the 1st few months of the year in 2012. 

The Angels never took off until the Mike Trout came aboard, and once Evan Longoria was out of action from May until early August last year – it killed any chance for the Tampa team to make up enough wins to bolt down a playoff spot. 

The Rays were 43 – 45 in the Third Baseman’s absence – while the club was 47 – 27 with Longoria in the Lineup in the 2012 campaign.

The team than lost B.J. Upton, Carlos Pena and steady hitter Jeff Keppinger over the winter.  You combine these losses – with the Pitchers – and now you can see why the team has limped to a 4 – 9 start.

The season is salvageable.  The Rays only need to carry an above average offense, to go with exceptional pitching – and the club is capable of climbing back into the race with several months of good play.

Don’t wait on Myers another day!

Wil Myers (the Rays top prospect for 2013 - and ranked #4 by Baseball America) is currently with the Durham Bulls, the Rays triple A team. Myers is currently hitting .317/.423/.838 with 13 hits, two Doubles, and 9 RBI in the Bulls young season.

Wil Myers (the Rays top prospect for 2013 – and ranked #4 by Baseball America) – is currently with the Durham Bulls, the Rays Triple A team. He is hitting .317/.423/.838 – with 13 hits, two Doubles, and 9 RBI in the Bulls young season.

2 And A Hook Podcast Talks About Calling UP Wil Myers – 25 Minute Mark

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Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .

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Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck Booth (Right) at Nats Park.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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