WIL William MYERS
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   PADRES
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   R
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 12/10/1990 Agent: CAA - Andrew Nacario
Uniform #: 4  
Birth City: Thomasville, NC
Draft: Royals #3 - 2009 - Out of high school (NC)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2009 PIO IDAHO FALLS   18 68 18 29 7 1 4 14 2 0 9 15 .488 .735 .426
2009 APP BURLINGTON   4 16 1 2 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 3 .125 .438 .125
2010 CAR WILMINGTON   58 205 28 71 18 2 4 39 2 3 37 39 .453 .512 .346
2010 MWL BURLINGTON   68 242 42 70 19 1 10 45 10 3 48 55 .408 .500 .289
2011 TL NORTHWEST ARKANSAS   99 354 50 90 23 1 8 49 9 2 52 87 .353 .393 .254
2012 PCL OMAHA   99 388 66 118 15 5 24 79 2 2 45 98 .378 .554 .304
2012 TL NORTHWEST ARKANSAS   35 134 32 46 11 1 13 30 4 1 16 42 .414 .731 .343
2013 IL DURHAM   64 252 44 72 13 2 14 57 7 1 29 71 .356 .520 .286
2013 AL RAYS   88 335 50 98 23 0 13 53 5 2 33 91 .354 .478 .293
2014 AL RAYS $504.00 87 325 37 72 14 0 6 35 6 1 34 90 .294 .320 .222
2014 IL DURHAM   7 24 3 6 1 0 2 6 3 0 7 7 .419 .542 .250
2015 CAL LAKE ELSINORE   3 9 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .417 .333 .222
2015 PCL EL PASO   3 15 4 5 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 .333 .533 .333
2015 NL PADRES $520.00 60 225 40 57 13 1 8 29 5 2 27 55 .336 .427 .253
2016 NL PADRES $524.00 157 599 99 155 29 4 28 94 28 6 68 160 .336 .461 .259
2017 NL PADRES $4,500.00 155 567 80 138 29 3 30 74 20 6 70 180 .328 .464 .243
2018 PCL EL PASO   5 20 3 6 3 0 1 3 1 0 0 7 .300 .600 .300
2018 CAL LAKE ELSINORE   4 14 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 3 .200 .571 .143
2018 NL PADRES $4,500.00 83 312 39 79 25 1 11 39 13 1 30 94 .318 .446 .253
2019 NL PADRES $5,667.00 155 435 58 104 22 1 18 53 16 7 51 168 .321 .418 .239
2020 NL PADRES $9,907.00 55 196 34 57 14 2 15 40 2 1 18 56 .353 .606 .288
2021 NL PADRES   140 442 56 113 24 2 17 63 8 5 54 141 .334 .434 .256
Personal
  • In 2008, Myers went 10-0 as a high school junior, thanks to a 90 mph fastball and decent secondary pitches. And in 2009, he hit .532 with 14 homers and 41 RBI during his senior year at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. He committed to the University of South Carolina, but ended up signing with the Royals (see below).

    When Wil was in high school, his position was to fill whatever spot opened up when the current pitcher went to the mound. So if that meant playing third base or catcher or shortstop or anywhere else, Myers was Wesleyan Christian’s man. “I played basically every position except for second base,” Myers said.

  • Wil grew up playing wiffle-ball tournaments in Lexington, North Carolina, when he wasn't on the baseball diamond. He also played a lot of basketball.

  • Myers is a nose-in-the-dirt kind of player.

  • You can't keep this baseball rat off the field. He says he really cannot remember a year when he didn't play baseball for 10 months out of the year. (2009).

  • Wil doesn't get upset very often during games. He just has too much fun playing baseball. And his baseball instincts are strong.

  • In 2010, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Wil as the third-best prospect in the Royals' organization. They moved Myers up a notch, to second best in the K.C. farm system in the winter before 2011 spring training.

    He was ranked #3 in the spring of 2012. But they had him as the #1 prospect in the Royals organization in the spring of 2013.

  • In the offseason before 2010 spring training, Myers added 21 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame at the Athletes Compound in Saddlebrook, Fla., the training center for fellow Creative Artist Agency clients Derek Jeter and Ryan Howard.

    In addition to working out twice daily, Myers found himself splayed on a yoga mat a couple times a week, trying to loosen his hips. He's the first guy to the ballpark now. (2012)

  • In 2012, Myers was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today.

    He's the third Royals prospect to earn the distinction from Baseball America, joining Tom Gordon (1988) and Alex Gordon (2006). Myers is the first Royals prospect to be so honored by USA Today, and he's the seventh player to earn the Baseball America and USA Today awards in the same season. The others are Andruw Jones, Rick Ankiel, Josh Beckett, Jeff Francis, Jason Heyward, and Jeremy Hellickson.

    In 134 minor league games—99 with Omaha and 35 to start the season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas—the 21-year-old outfielder hit 37 home runs, the second most in the Minor Leagues this season. Combined, he batted .314 with 109 RBIs, 26 doubles and a .987 OPS.

  • As 2013 spring training was on the horizon, Joe Maddon had this to say of Myers, "He sounds very calm and sure of himself, and he’s got a good feel for the day. I expect someone who has a high level of charisma and a way to walk through the day very confident. It sounds like he’s got all the ingredients to be very good.”

    Wil realized that he was starting 2013 in Durham so that he could iron out his defensive play and improve his base-running. So he got to know base-running coordinator Skeeter Barnes pretty well.

  • Myers' teammates on the Rays were very impressed with the amount of composure he showed in the tough moments of his young career as a rookie in 2013.

    "He has a short memory," designated hitter Luke Scott said. "He's in his own little world and he's able to forget things really quickly, which is great. If you could put that in a glass and sell it, I would buy it and drink it."

  • The story, as Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo remembers it, goes something like this. Wil Myers was standing on third base after a hit by infielder Vince Belnome. He made a simple observation to Montoyo: Belnome's a good hitter. Montoyo replied, "Yeah, he's our second-best hitter."

    According to Montoyo, Myers responded, "Well, yeah."

    There was no doubt who Durham's best hitter was. Nor is there any question that Myers has been the Rays' best hitter since making his much-anticipated Major League debut on June 18, 2013.  Montoyo's story conveys one well-known fact about the rookie outfielder: He's certainly not lacking for confidence. Just listen to some of the things he says or watch him flip his bat as he admires one of his prodigious home runs.

    But it would be a mistake to misconstrue Myers as cocky, those close to him insist. More than anything else, they say, he's just an exceedingly genuine and straightforward 22-year-old from North Carolina enjoying the only career he's wanted.

    "I feel like I'm very honest with what I do," Myers said. "If I don't feel good, I'm going to tell you I don't feel good. If I do feel good, I'm going to tell you I feel good.  I never had a dream of doing anything else, even as a kid. I was never like, 'Well, maybe one day I'll want to coach.' I always thought I was going to play in the big leagues."  (Berry - mlb.com - 8/12/13)

  • Myers' father, Eric, tells the story of living in a small basement apartment in Thomasville, N.C. Eric would lob plastic balls to his 3-year-old son in their den, and Myers would spray them all over the room with a plastic bat.

    "I knew right then the boy had something," Eric Myers said. "He waited until it got in the zone and just unleashed on it." That might sound familiar to anyone who's seen Myers hit. The Rays have talked about Myers' bat speed and the "different sound" his bat makes from the moment he first stepped into a batting cage this spring.

    "He's able to process stuff, whether it's hitting, defense or baserunning, that not a lot of other young guys process as well as he has," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I think when you talk to him, it's different. There's actually some sophistication there."

    But it's that part about the way Myers acts—the "naivete," as Maddon called it—that stands out at times. Like in 2013 Spring Training, when Myers crushed a triple, received some praise from coach Tom Foley for hitting the ball so hard, and responded, "I hit everything hard."

    "I don't think he means anything by it at all," Eric Myers said. "He's almost too honest." 

    "I don't think it's cockiness at all, but it's certainly confidence," Ben Zobrist said. "You can see that he believes that he's going to be here for a long time, and he believes that he's one of the best players in the game. He doesn't have to question that."

  • The other side of Myers' personality is more visible away from the ballpark. The story, as his mother, Pam, remembers it, displays a degree of humility you might not expect.  Shortly after Myers graduated from Wesleyan Christian Academy, they were talking to his kindergarten teacher, who asked where Myers planned to attend college.

    "And he said, 'Well, I got a job out of high school,'" Pam Myers said. His mother insisted that Myers tell her the whole truth: He'd been picked by the Royals in the third round of the 2009 draft. His "job out of high school" was professional baseball.

    "I would bet almost anything that he's not changed a lick since he was in Little League, seventh grade, high school," Maddon said. "I would imagine he's the same exact guy."

    So it's not too surprising that Myers said the most unusual thing about the Majors has been the "different lifestyle ... the overall thing besides the game." As a rookie, Myers has to arrive to the park before everyone else to get his work in, so he shows up early. He has sought advice from Zobrist, 10 years his senior, and before most night games at home, they sit down to discuss their faith and families, in addition to baseball.

    "He doesn't take himself too seriously. He's not afraid to fail or afraid to look stupid," Zobrist said. "I think that's one of those most endearing things that anyone can have in their personality. I think that's why a lot of people in this clubhouse took to him so quickly."

    And Myers doesn't necessarily crave the public spotlight. Consider a more recent story, as his parents remember it, when they were at Tropicana Field for the Rays-Giants game in July 2013. Myers made post-game plans for his family to eat together at a restaurant near his apartment.

    A few hours later, in the bottom of the 10th inning, Myers laced a single to deep left field to give Tampa Bay the win. He got the full walk-off treatment from his teammates, celebrating another career first. But when Myers left the clubhouse, he called off his original plans.

    Myers wanted to be with his family, his mother said, and that would've been tough at a place where he knew he'd be recognized as the night's walk-off hero. Instead, he invited the dozen or so family members back to his apartment and put a frozen pizza in the oven. "I don't think he likes the limelight. He doesn't want to be a movie star," Eric Myers said. "He wants to be the best player on the field."  (Berry - mlb.com - 8/12/13)

  • During the 2008 Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis, working out as a catcher, Wil ventured into the stands to ask his father how he looked. More specifically, he wanted to know if he'd done better than the star-studded competition in his group. The answer, a simple "no," wasn't the one Myers was looking for.

    "Don't tell him anyone's better than he is," Pam Myers said, laughing.  That doesn't mean Myers is trying to show anyone up, even if his occasional bat flips might lead observers to think otherwise. Maddon acknowledged that Myers may appear to finish his swings in a "flamboyant" way, but Myers says it's just a natural part of his follow-through.

    "It's just him being happy about what he did," Seratelli said. "But I don't know how he flips the bat that far. It's actually kind of amazing."  (Berry - mlb.com - 8/12/13)

  • Veteran reliever Joel Peralta noted that the expectations on Myers were almost impossibly lofty, but he's "proved himself, that he can hit, since he got here."  Myers will admit he wasn't prepared for all this when the season began. He was eager to get here, of course, but still happy to be close to home in Durham, where the Bulls named a section of seats "Wil-Ville."

    Meanwhile, Myers developed a better approach at the plate, improved his defense and baserunning and eventually got into a groove over his last 25 games—a hot streak that signaled to Tampa Bay's front office that he was ready for the next level.  So far, so good.

    "Honestly, I felt like I was big league-ready two or three days before I got called up. It's kind of funny that it happened at the time it did," Myers said. "Even as good as I felt in Durham, I feel like I'm a better hitter now than I was then."

    Myers' story, if these first few glimpses have been any indication, is only just beginning. (Berry - mlb.com - 8/12/13)

  • 2013 Player Choice Awards: Myers was named AL Outstanding Rookie by posting a .293 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs.

  • In 2013, Myers won the American League Rookie of the Year award. 

    Myers became the third Tampa Bay player in six years to win the Rookie of the Year, joining Jeremy Hellickson (2011) and Evan Longoria (2008).

  • Myers captured the imaginations of Rays fans in 2013 with his big swing, the fact he didn't wear batting gloves and the perception he was not affected by pressure. Fellow Rays outfielder David DeJesus noted that the youngster's outward appearance can be misleading. "He's the type of guy, people have a misconception about him, like he's no batting gloves and whatever," DeJesus said. "That couldn't be farther from the truth. He's a competitor. He wants to win at everything. He has a passion for baseball that's great to see at the young age he's at. And I feel the sky's the limit for him. He just has to keep on working."

    When asked if a hitter can think too much while trying to make adjustments, Myers responded, "No, I don't think so" before adding: "I know what I did wrong and I know how to correct it for this year."  

    "I think a lot of people who get into situations do so when they try to do things other than what they have done that has made them successful," Hitting coach Derek Shelton said. "But I'm not concerned about it with Wil. He's a confident kid and extremely talented. So I think he's going to build on what he did last year."  (Chastain - mlb.com - 02/19/14)

  • April 5, 2014: Not only did the first 20,000 fans in attendance receive a Wil Myers Rookie of the Year bobblehead, he also was honored for winning the 2013 Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year Award, selected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

    Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked about what earned Myers the honor.

    "His ability to hit the ball hard," Maddon said. "He hits the ball hard. That's what good hitters do. When you hit the ball that hard, you miss defenses. Guys that don't hit the ball that hard, defenses can cover. Why's he going to be so good? Because the ball comes off the bat hot for him. That's why he's a very good hitter."

    Maddon also allowed that he would like to see more from Myers, because he believes he's capable of doing more.

    "There's a lot of other good things there," Maddon said. "That's why I want to push him on the defensive side of his game. Not have him just think of himself as an offensive player.

    "He has really good skills, foot speed, arm, baserunning. So I want him to become a complete player." (April 5, 2014 - Bill Chastain - MLB.com)

  • Prior to getting drafted by the Royals in 2009, Wil went to Kansas City to work out for the Royals. At that workout, Myers asked the Royals if the team would mind turning on the fountain in center field while he hit. "That story still haunts me," said Myers managing a smile. For the record, Myers added that the Royals did not turn on the fountain. (4/07/14).

  • December 4, 2015: Without picking up a phone and without sending a single email, A.J. Preller, the general manager of the Padres, added a first baseman. Preller essentially proclaimed Wil Myers—the team's 2015 Opening Day starter in center field—as their first baseman moving forward.

    "It's definitely an attractive option getting Wil locked in at first base," Preller said. "Part of the move in moving Yonder [Alonso] was getting Wil locked into a spot." First baseman Alonso was traded to the A's, paving the way for Wil to slide over to first base.

    The move was music to Myers' ears, as he essentially fell in love with the position during his 22-game stint there, so much so that he told Preller before the Alonso deal was made that he preferred to play there in 2016."I enjoy first base the most. If I had a preference, it would be first. I've told them that," Myers said. "I had never played first base at the professional level until last year, but I enjoyed it. I think I can play first base really well.

    "The last year has been tough. Since I was 5 years old, I have been able to play baseball when I wanted," he said. "That was taken away from me the last two years. The only goal I have this year is to stay healthy. If I stay healthy, I'll be able to put up the numbers that I want to."

    Myers said he's changed his offseason workout program from a general program to one designed to help him with areas that have given him fits before—such as both wrists. (C Brock - MLB.com - December 4, 2015)

  • May 6, 2016: The Padres were sporting their throwback uniforms recently, the ones with a splash of yellow.

    Check that: a single Padre was rocking the old-school color on this day.

    First baseman Wil Myers tipped his cap to the Padres' popular hue of the past, but it's not what you think. "He had a mustard stain on his pants before the game,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. "I said, 'Wil, this is a Major League baseball game. We got more pairs of pants.' But he doesn't care.''

    Where there's a Wil there's usually a whiff of wackiness. Few Padres are performing better; no Padre has more fun. "He just wants to go out and play baseball,'' Green said. "He loves being on the field.''

    Myers oozes with enthusiasm and an aw-shucks demeanor which is refreshing. If Myers was still a pipsqueak player, he'd be the kid with the jersey untucked, the hat on backward and a toothy smile. "He plays like it is Little League,'' Green said. But he's producing in a big-leaguer fashion.

    After every big save, there's Myers yucking it up with closer Fernando Rodney. When Rodney gets that last out and channels William Tell by shooting an imaginary arrow to the sky, Myers is right there to track where it lands. "It's different every day,'' Myers said of the resting space. (J Paris - MLB.com - May 6, 2016)

  • In June 2013, Wil's callup to the big leagues was an inevitability. Myers had an .876 on-base plus slugging percentage in 64 games for Triple-A Durham, and the Rays' offense needed some life. It was simply a matter of time.

    And yet, on Father's Day of 2013, Myers was still playing at Durham—barely over an hour's drive from his hometown of Thomasville, N.C. The Bulls had a home game that day, so the entire Myers family—Wil's father, Eric, his mother, Pam, his brother, Beau, and both sets of grandparents—made the trek to see Wil play.

    Wil rewarded his family right away with a first-inning single—and then didn't emerge to take his place in the field for the second.  "He didn't come out of the dugout that next inning, and we got a little concerned," Eric Myers recalled. "Then he called his momma and told her [he had been called up]. It was pretty exciting, but we had to keep it quiet until we got outside the stadium."

    Along with the entire Myers family, some family friends were also in attendance at the game. And while Eric and Pam Myers were aware that their son had been called up, they didn't want to cause a commotion by telling everyone on the spot.

    Instead, they told the group to follow them out of the stadium concourse, which led to a few puzzled looks. When they met in the bowels of Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the celebration finally began. "Obviously, my parents were pretty emotional about it," Myers said. "And it was really cool for it to be on Father's Day."

    As Wil recalls, the afternoon morphed from a Father's Day celebration into a celebration of the former top prospect's baseball career. "It was a pretty cool deal; I had the whole family there," Myers said. "I had one at-bat. They took me out in the second inning. They told me, 'Hey, you're done. You're going up.' It was right about that time: Super Two was out of the question, and I was really hot at the time, so everyone kind of knew at some point soon, I was going to get called up. 

    "It wasn't a huge surprise. But obviously, any time you get called up, it's a big deal. That kind of took over Father's Day." Not that Eric Myers minded. He had an inkling that day was coming for a long time.

    When Wil was 6 years old, the mayor of Thomasville stopped Eric at a Little League game to point out the talented young kid playing shortstop. "That boy right there is going to play in the Major Leagues one day," Eric Myers recalls being told. Unbeknownst to the mayor, he was speaking with that boy's father.

    But Eric Myers says he knew Wil had rare talent a few years before that. So when, exactly, did Eric realize he had a son capable of big things on the ballfield?  "He would just unload on the ball in the house at 3 years old," says Eric. "We had to stop playing in the house. He was knocking lamps over."

    There's little question that the raw talent was always there for Wil Myers. It's partly why he's transitioned so smoothly to first base in 2016.  Still, plenty of young kids are blessed with talent. Myers credits his father for allowing him to realize it.

    "He was the biggest factor in my baseball career," Wil said of his father. "The one thing I credit my dad for that I know a lot of dads don't do anymore is being honest with me about my game. He never told me how great I was; he always told me just to keep working hard."  (Cassavell - MLB.com - 6/16/16)

  • July 6, 2016: Myers was rewarded for his monster performance during the first half of the season, as the 25-year-old slugger was named to his first All-Star team. And, he participated in his first Home Run Derby.

  • July 8, 2016: For the first time since 1992, the All-Star Game is coming to San Diego. Never one to ignore mom's advice, the city knows the importance of being a good host—and, like All-Star sites before them, they've named an All-Star Week ambassador: Wil Myers.

    Typically, the ambassador travels all over the place during All-Star Week, generating awareness for different events and celebrating all the festivities around town. Myers, however, isn't content to be just another ambassador. He's looking to raise the bar, to give his guests a proper San Diego experience. So, naturally, he put his extra room up on Airbnb.

    The place has it all: a rooftop lounge with a fire pit, a balcony, even an in-building steam room. And for the low, low price of $63 a night, it could be yours ... or, well, it could have been, but Myers has already found himself a roommate, and Noah Syndergaard took him up on it. (C Landers - MLB.com - July 9, 2016)

  • 2016 All-Star home run derby: Wil participated in the home run derby and had his younger brother pitch to him. The only negative was his brother hit him with a pitch during the contest.

  • Sept 16, 2016: At times this season, Wil Myers has taken his game to a level rarely seen in Padres history. In an 8-7 loss to the Rockies, Myers reached a level that has never been seen in Padres history.

    He opened the scoring with a two-run dinger into the right-field bullpen. In doing so, he became the first player in franchise history to record 25 homers, doubles and steals in a single season. "It's something that's definitely pretty cool," Myers said. "I definitely didn't have that goal in mind when I started the season. But as I learned more about stealing bases, it kind of became one."

    Myers and Mike Trout are the only players in baseball to have accomplished the feat this season. In fact, until Myers did so, only Trout had done so in the past four years, and he had done it twice. (A Cassavell - MLB.com - Sept 17, 2016)

  • Nov 23, 2016: Myers first became involved with the Miracle League of High Point while playing high school baseball at Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina. As part of his team's community service efforts, he helped at the local Miracle League field at least once every season.

    A decade later, Myers continues to use his involvement in baseball to help special needs children. Earlier this month, Myers hosted the second "Wil Myers Wiffle Ball Challenge," a tournament to benefit the Miracle League of High Point. The Miracle League provides children with special needs an opportunity to play, and its motto reads, "Every child deserves a chance to play baseball."

    In total, 22 teams each featuring four-to-six players participated in the Nov. 12 fast-pitch tournament. Myers was the only Major Leaguer on hand, but a few Minor League and college ballplayers from the area also took part. Teams from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina participated, and Myers' squad—featuring his former high school coach and two of his childhood friends—earned the title.

    "It was really an amazing tournament," Myers told MLB.com. "The turnout that we had, the money that we raised—it was a great turnout, and everybody did a great job with it. All the kids had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing."

    The 2014 event raised enough money for renovations to the local Miracle League field. Myers said the funds raised from the 2016 event exceeded those from the inaugural tournament two years ago. This year's event took place at Myers' old high school, where the Major League Baseball Players Association and ProCamps were on hand to help. Teams participating in the fast-pitch tournament paid an entry fee, benefiting the Miracle League. Meanwhile, a separate field was set up for children in the Miracle League to take part in their own games.

    "I don't look at myself as a big leaguer, and neither does anybody from my hometown," Myers said. "It's not like a big deal when I come back home. It's just me coming back home, spending time with my family and friends. "So, going back to the Miracle League, to be able to help them out financially and uplift the spirits of those kids and the parents—it's a special thing." (A Cassavell - MLB.com - Nov 23, 2016)

  • Wil got some new lumber before the Padres' game against the Cardinals. It came in the form of an autographed skateboard from legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, one of his childhood heroes.  In exchange, Will gave Tony a baseball bat.  (Cassavell - mlb.com - 9/7/17)

  • Entering the 2020 season, Myers is the WAR leader for the Padres. 

  •  2020 Season: One reason Myers was so much better in 2020 was that he cut down his strikeout rate significantly. While it had been in the 20s most of his career, it spiked to 34.3% in 2019. In 2020, he was able to get that down to 25.7%, his lowest mark in four seasons. He wasn’t necessarily showing more patience; his walk rate of 8.3% was actually the lowest of his career.

    Myers was simply barreling up the ball better in 2020. Line drive and fly ball percentages were up, and his ground ball percentage was down this past season. He also was pulling the ball less and going to the opposite field more. Meanwhile, what FanGraphs calls Z-contact%, which is contact percentage of pitches inside the strike zone, was up from 77.6% in 2019 to 85.2% in 2020.

    Myers is never going to be a wizard defensively, as many of his defensive metrics rate below average, while that speed that earned him 28 stolen bases just four years ago only earned him two in 2020. However, perhaps he’s finally found a home in right field after years of moving around the diamond. (Brian Johnston - Dec. 23, 2020)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2009: The Royals drafted Myers in the third round, out of Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, NC. He signed on August 14 for a bonus of $2 million, via scout Steve Connelly. That was more than five times MLB’s $380,700 slot value for #91 in the draft. He passed up a scholarship to the University of South Carolina.

  • December 9, 2012: The Rays sent RHP James Shields, RHP Wade Davis, and a player to be named or cash considerations to the Royals; acquiring Myers, RHP pitcher Jake Odorizzi, LHP Mike Montgomery, and 3B Patrick Leonard.

  • December 18, 2014: In a giant, 11-player/3-team trade, the Padres received Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Gerardo Reyes, and LHP Jose Castillo—all from the Rays. The Rays received OF Steven Souza and LHP Travis Ott from the Nationals; and C Rene Rivera, 1B Jake Bauers, and RHP Burch Smith from the Padres. The Nationals received two player from the Padres: RHP Joe Ross and SS Trea Turner (who was the player to be named later in June 2015).

  • January 23, 2017: Myers and the Padres agreed on a six-year, $83 million contract extension.
Batting
  • Myers is a good hitter with the potential for good power because of his fine bat speed and the leverage his swing produces. He has a smooth, repeatable stroke and quick, strong hands and wrists that help him catch up to even the real good fastballs. He often stops loading his swing just as a pitcher releases the ball—because he quickly determines whether it's a pitch he wants to hit

    His swing isn't textbook and he'll sometime shift his weight to his front foot too early, but he manages to keep his hands back and hit line drives all over the park. He should hit for average as well as power because his bat stays in the hitting zone a long time.

    In fact, scouts rate Wil as a 60 or 65 on the scouting scale for his hitting. But he gets a 70 on his power.

  • In 2012, like a chef tweaking a recipe, Myers decided to alter his approach. He stood more upright at the plate, which enabled him to get more backspin on the ball, and he started to take more aggressive swings later in at-bats.

    The change led to Myers striking out at a higher rate than he had before, but with a significant payoff: launching balls over fences night after night.

    "He's pretty darn good," Albuquerque manager Lorenzo Bundy said in 2012. "He gives himself a chance to succeed by staying within the strike zone. When he got a pitch to hit, he didn't miss. He squared it up and hit it hard somewhere."

  • Wil was a pull hitter until his senior year at Wesleyan Christian Academy, a prep school in High Point, North Carolina. However, he really had never hit a home run in his career until his junior year of high school. His power came later.
  • Myers has developed plate patience and discipline. He has excellent pitch recognition. He no longer gets himself out. But he struggled when pitchers bust him inside with fastballs, not being able to turn on them at first.

    But Wil learned to use his bat speed to turn on inner-half velocity, and in 2013, he hit many monster homers off those inside pitches.

  • Wil uses no batting gloves or finger tape, trusting his quick hands and strong wrists to hit with authority.
  • It appears that Myers seemingly could flick at the ball and hit it hard. Even mid-90s velocity doesn't seem to bother him as he shows plus bat speed in driving the ball to all fields. He consistently makes hard contact.       
  • He hits from an open stance and works counts well. He has solid hand-eye coordination and solid understanding of the strike zone. He has learned to lay off inside fastballs that don’t catch enough of the plate; before 2012, he turned too many of those into loud fouls.

    He has an advanced approach at the plate with that excellent hand-eye coordination.

  • Myers really tends to turn it up a notch in clutch situations.
  • On June 22, 2013, Myers became just the fourth visiting player to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium (either the new park or the original) for his first Major League home run, and the first since Detroit's Rickey Peters on May 27, 1980.

    At 22 years and 194 days, Myers became the youngest player to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium since Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. (21 years and 244 days) turned the trick on July 23, 1991. And, Wil joins Jorge Velandia (Sept. 25, 2007) as the only Rays players to hit a grand slam for their first Major League home run.

  • Myers was a key part of the 2013 Rays.

    "Obviously, Wil's really contributed offensively," Joe Maddon said in 2013. "But I think the residual effect is that he's had a great impact on our pitching.  For the most part, I think, his arrival here coincides with the pitching. Also, he has really contributed."

    Maddon believes that Myers lengthens the lineup. "Provides protection," he said. "There's no question about that."

  • Myers is part of a dying breed of old-school ballplayers: guys who do not use batting gloves.

    In an era where some players will don several different sets of batting gloves within the framework of one game, Myers does not ... has not ... and will not ever use them. In fact, Myers, Astros outfielder Evan Gattis, and Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter are the only players in the game who go gloveless permanently, regardless of weather conditions. (Derek Togerson - 4/13/2015)

  • Wil has evolved as a hitter to the point where he can get fooled badly by a pitch and then punish the same pitch later in the same at-bat.

    When Myers stopped pulling the ball so much and began spraying line drives straightaway and to right center, he became a much tougher out.

    “Everybody I’ve always talked to says he’s a good kid, and he’s obviously gifted,’’ one National League scout said. “But he’s kind of a laid-back kid, and I think he took some stuff for granted. There’s a level of maturity going on with him now that I hadn’t seen the last couple of years. Over the next four or five years, none of us should be surprised if he’s hitting .270 with 20-25 home runs and 90 RBIs.’’ (Jerry Crasnick - ESPN writer - July 2016)

  • April 10, 2017: Myers hit for the second cycle in Padres history which put his name into the Padres’ record book.

  • April 15, 2019: Myers celebrated his 100th career home run by sending it where he's never hit a baseball before. Not even in batting practice.

    Trailing 5-1 in the ninth, Myers demolished a 2-2 fastball from Rockies reliever Scott Oberg, sending it just to the right of the center-field batter’s eye. It caromed off the structure and onto the walkway that links the stadium with the park beyond the outfield.

    "I've never hit one like that," Myers said after the Padres' 5-2 loss. "That was struck."

    The ball left Myers' bat at 110.2 mph with a 29-degree launch angle—a perfect combination of violence and precision. Myers hadn't struck a home run ball that hard since 2017, and he disagreed with Statcast's projection of 428 feet.

    "I was shortchanged," Myers joked.

  • Dec 11, 2019: Since his December 2014 arrival, Myers has posted a .249/.328/.447 slash line with 95 home runs. But those numbers don't quite tell the entire story. His inconsistency has been maddening. Myers was a bona fide All-Star starter in 2016, and he's reached that level of performance at various points of his career. But he has a habit of falling into prolonged slumps. In June, his performance plummeted so steeply that he was put on the bench.

    Then, as Myers is known to do, he offered reason for optimism seemingly out of nowhere. Three-quarters of the way into his most disappointing season as a Padre, Myers became a different hitter entirely. In 25 September games, he was arguably the Padres' most impactful bat, posting a .312/.365/.532 slash line. (AJ Cassavell - MLB.com - Dec 11, 2019)

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Wil's career Major League stats were: .254 batting average, 129 home runs and 760 hits with 417 RBI in 2,996 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Wil's best positions were right field, then catcher and third base. He takes fairly good routes to the ball. He reads the ball off the bat well.

    FORMER CATCHER

  • Myers had pop times (from his glove at home plate to second baseman's glove) of 1.85-to-1.95, which is a bit above average. So he has a strong arm. But he also has a long release. He stands too tall and drops his elbow, costing him accuracy.
  • In 2010, Wil threw out 34 percent of base-stealers. (But he also committed 17 passed balls in 47 games with Burlington.)

    And he threw out 26 percent of Carolina League base-stealers after a promotion to the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

  • After signing with the Royals in 2009, Wil started working with Royals catching coordinator Tony Tijerina in what the instructor called "Baseball 101." Tijerina started from scratch with Myers, reworking everything from the width of his stance to how he gave signs to pitchers.

    During spring training, Ned Yost, a former big league catcher who's since taken over as the  Royals' manager, worked alongside Tijerina with the team's catchers. He taught them a blocking drill to be more comfortable stopping balls in the dirt, an area Myers still needs to improve.

    His long arms and legs made it hard for Wil to receive and block balls very well. He had solid catch-and-throw skills. And he likes working back there. He has some attributes you look for in a catcher—a good arm, good hands, good feet. He's more athletic than most catchers. He's a physical guy with the body he has.

  • Wil did a good job at calling pitches. He reviewed scouting reports and showed a good understanding of his own pitcher's strengths.

    "When I was catching, I was able to see what the umpire was calling all the time, see what people were pitching. They say catching takes away from your bat, but to be honest, I think it helped to be able to see what umpires [call], what kind of pitches pitchers like to throw in certain counts. My favorite part of catching was that it just kind of helped me learn to be a better hitter," Myers said.

  • In 2011, the Royals moved Wil to the outfield, mostly to let his excellent bat develop better. Myers is such an impressive hitter, K.C. felt being a catcher might slow his path to the Majors.

    Myers remains indifferent on defense. He has a strong arm and fringe-average speed to track down balls in the outfield. But he exhibited a low-energy approach to playing the outfield in 2011.

    That improved some in 2012, and even more in 2013.

  • When the Royals asked Myers to work out at third base during 2012 spring training, he happily grabbed his infielder’s glove (yes, he already had one) and started fielding grounders.

    And he looked pretty natural at the hot corner after just a few weeks. That is because he is a good athlete with good actions, hands and feet.

  • Why did the Royals move Wil around so much?

    "Really, the idea was just to create flexibility," said Scott Sharp, the Royals' director of Minor League operations. "We approached Wil and said, 'Hey, look, Chipper Jones was a shortstop and a third baseman, and he broke into the big leagues as a left fielder. The reason he did was because his bat was ready and they had an established third baseman (Terry Pendleton).'

    "So we just want to be able to create options with guys and not have them pegged at one position when they're talented enough to play other places on the field."

    Myers profiles best as a corner outfielder because he's a fringy runner with a plus arm.

  • Scouts rate Wil with a 60 for his arm, on the 20-80 scouting scale. He plays solid, but not real impressive, defense. He is at least adequate in the outfield.

  • Wil's throws were noticeably stronger and more accurate in the 2014 season. It turns out that Myers experienced soreness in his shoulder for most of the 2013 season. "The shoulder muscle at the back of my [throwing] arm, it was just sore every single day," Myers said.

    During the offseason Myers went through a strengthening program. "I did a lot of a lot of rehabbing on my right [scapula]," Myers said. "There was not much strength there. I worked on that. And now I'm long tossing once a series here. I can tell a big difference."

    In addition to the strengthening program, Myers follows a strict regimen with coaches Dave Martinez and George Hendrick. Drills include treating 15 minutes of batting practice like it's the game, long tossing, and throwing to bases.

    "I stay on him about throwing long toss all of the time and getting at least 10 minutes of doing long tossing," Martinez said. "They've been doing it at least twice a week. [Head athletic trainer] Ron [Porterfield] and the trainers, has been on our shoulder program. He did say he feels a lot better. He's throwing really well. I keep telling him, just as long as you keep with the program, you're only going to get better."

    When asked if he had been pleased with the results, Myers smiled: "Absolutely." (Chastain - mlb.com - 4/23/14)

  • Wil was a standout on defense late in the 2014 season. During one homestand the Rays' right fielder made a leaping catch at the wall, then against the Red Sox, he made a diving catch and later a nice running catch that took him deep into the right-field corner.

    "I think the ghost of 'Dewey Myers' has been out there the last couple of days," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I mean the play diving in there and the one in the corner was really reminiscent of [former Red Sox great Dwight Evans' play in] the '75 World Series."

    When asked if he knew who Evans was, Myers replied: "No idea." (Chastain - mlb.com - 9/24/14)

  • 2015 Spring Training: Padres outfield coach Dave Roberts and Myers maintained a running dialogue on the fine art of center field play. Rather than open wide in his stance and use a drop step, Myers is more comfortable with the hop, spin and turn approach. A quick first step and astute positioning will go a long way toward helping him navigate National League center fields.

    "When you have a very good athlete with the will to work and get better, those are two very nice components,” Roberts said. “He sees the ball off the bat really well and he’s taking charge out there vocally in the outfield. I was looking for that leadership. All the tools are there. I just didn’t realize his breaks to the ball would be as good as they are.” (Jerry Crasnick - Baseball America - 4/10/15)

  • In 2016 and 2017 for the Padres, Myers found a home at first base, playing there almost exclusively.

  • In 2018, after Eric Hosmer became a Padre, Myers played outfield and third base, and only two games at first base.

  • Jan 12, 2019: Wil Myers is a full-time outfielder once again. The Padres slugger confirmed as much during his media session from the team's FanFest at Petco Park. Myers spent the final month and a half of the 2018 season at third base, as the club looked for an effective way to work him, Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe into the lineup at the same time.

    But that third-base experiment is effectively over, leaving the Padres with a glut of outfielders -- especially in the corners. Six players on the active roster have spent time as regular starters in San Diego's outfield over the past two seasons (along with Myers, Renfroe and Reyes, Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero and Travis Jankowski have also done so).

    It's unlikely that the Padres will break camp with all six on the active roster, and Myers' move back to the outfield seems to increase the chances of a trade over the next few weeks. Still, at the Winter Meetings last month, general manager A.J. Preller left open the possibility that he might stand pat.

    "We like the group we have," Preller said. "We have depth, we have versatility, we have some guys with options. That gives us flexibility. We have some lefthanded bats, defenders, some power. We saw last year: You think you maybe have an excess or an overabundance at one spot, and then a couple of injuries later, you're searching for guys. We don't take that lightly. And you're creating competition, which is something we've pushed here, in general, the last few years."

    If, ultimately, the Padres decide to make a trade, there's a good chance either Myers, Renfroe or Reyes will be dealt. They're all righty-hitting corner outfielders with similar power profiles. There really isn't room for all three—especially given that the lefty-hitting Cordero and Jankowski can play all three spots, as well. That logjam was precisely why the Padres decided to test Myers at third base. And he got off to a fast start, recording eight assists in his third-base debut—one shy of a team record.

    But Myers struggled mightily after that. He committed six errors in 324 innings, and he made at least twice as many obvious misplays. Those struggles probably should have been expected, given Myers had only begun working at third base a few weeks prior. But they were glaring enough that the Padres didn't renew the experiment. Myers could still play third base on occasion, should a particular game situation necessitate it. But he's spoken about his desire to find a home defensively, and it appears he finally has. Myers played 41 games in the outfield last season, where he was worth seven defensive runs saved.

    Myers posted a .253/.318/.446 slash line in 2018, though he missed approximately half the season with various injuries. His move to third base was the latest in a long line of position switches for Myers throughout his career. He's clearly best suited for a corner-outfield job, but upon his arrival in San Diego in 2015, he spent part of a season in center field—where he struggled.

    The following season, Myers was moved to first base, where he posted excellent defensive numbers before regressing. When Eric Hosmer signed in February, Myers transitioned back to the outfield. That lasted just four months before his brief time at third. Now, it appears, Myers is headed back to the outfield to stay.  (AJ Cassavell - MLB.com - Jan 12, 2019)

Running
  • Wil is a fringe-average runner, a 45 on the scale. But his instincts and aggressiveness on the bases are things you really can't teach.

  • May 4, 2014: Myers scooted around the bases for his first career inside-the-park home run.
  • July 31, 2016:  With two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Reds, Wil alertly noticed Reds starter Homer Bailey sauntering behind the mound with his back to the plate.  That's when Myers' instincts kicked in. Myers broke for the dish before Bailey had the time to process that something was amiss. Myers crossed the plate without a throw, giving the Padres their second steal of home this season, cutting the Reds lead to 3-2.

    "I said, 'If he lobs it back or turns his back right here, I'm going to try to take it,'" Myers said. "Just lucky enough that it was just the right timing."  

    Myers joins Melvin Upton Jr. as the only two Padres to steal the dish in 2016 (against Colorado on June 3). They're two of only three players in the Majors to record a straight steal of home, joining Jacoby Ellsbury.  

    Wil says it's also the first time in his life that he's stolen home—though he tried once in high school and was called out at the plate.

    "Wil just read the situation, read where Homer was at that point in time," said Padres manager Andy Green. "He was frustrated after walking Jabari, probably feeling like he might have just punched him out, lost focus for a second. We took advantage."  (Cassavell - MLB.com - 7/31/16)

  • August 16, 2017: Wil Myers wishes he had more steals. In one trip around the bases, the Padres' first baseman did his best to raise his pace.

    Myers stole second, third and home in the fourth inning of San Diego's 3-0 victory against the Phillies at Petco Park, becoming the first player to swipe every base in one inning since Dee Gordon for the Dodgers on July 1, 2011.

    Myers became the first Padre to accomplish the feat and only the third first baseman since 2000 with three steals in a game. He joins Gordon and Jayson Werth as the only players this century to steal for the cycle in an inning.

Career Injury Report
  • May 15-June 5, 2011: Myers was on the D.L. with a knee staph infection. He injured his knee in a freak accident in April, falling down at his apartment complex while trying to escape a rainstorm. He slipped and fell, cutting his left knee on the brick steps.

    The cut required stitches and staples. Myers missed a few days, returned to play, opened up the scab, the knee became infected, and surgery was required to drain it.

  • June 1-August 20, 2014: Myers was on the 60-Day D.L. with a slight stress fracture. He was in a cast for five weeks.

  • May 11-June 11, 2015: Wil was on the D.L. with tendinitis in his left wrist.

    June 14-Sept. 4, 2015: Myers was on the 60-day D.L. and had surgery to remove a bone spur in his left wrist.

  • April 3-20, 2018: Wil was on the DL with right arm nerve irritation.

  • April 29-June 21, 2018: Wil was on the DL with left oblique strain.

  • Aug 3-13, 2018: Wil was on the DL with left foot/contusion bone bruise.

  • Sept 2, 2020: Myers was on the IL.

  • May 12-23, 2021: Myers was on the IL after testing positive for the Covid-19.

  • April 27-May 10, 2022: The Padres placed Myers on the IL with a right thumb contusion.

  • June 1, 2022:  Wil Myers, who returned after missing the previous two games with right knee inflammation, was out of the lineup in the series finale vs. the Cardinals after receiving a silicon injection following the game.

    “It’s very frustrating trying to get this thing on track,” Myers said. “I have a good day, then bang it up in the game again, sharp pains in the knee. Hopefully this shot takes effect tonight.”

    Myers said more should be known about his status when the team arrives in Milwaukee on Thursday ahead of a four-game series. 

    June 1-Aug 1, 2022: Myers was on the IL with right knee inflammation.