Scouting Prospect #17: Wil Myers

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #17 from that list, Wil Myers.

Name: Wil Myers
Position: Outfield
Team: Kansas City Royals
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League


Physical Description

Myers is an above average athlete. When he was behind the plate, he didn't exactly fit the prototype body wise. He has long limbs and a wiry frame overall. Myers is naturally broad and the frame he has right now is likely where he'll be a few years from now as well.

Hitting

Although he struggled for parts of the 2011 season, Myers returned to form in the fall league. His plate discipline is outstanding and improving everyday and it's showing up in his ability to drive the ball consistently. He uses right center field very well, but is still partial to his pull side. I'd like to see some better swings from him on the breaking ball, but he's recognizing it early enough to at least lay off right now.

Power

When he eventually finds a level of consistency at the plate, the power numbers are going to spike from Myers. He's capable of light tower power to his pull side and has the plus bat speed to spin on even the elite fastballs out there. This power has translated into game action in the form of some colossal shots, but he's still learning to be consistent and select the right pitch to drive. He's a potential 30 home run threat in the big leagues.

Speed

Myers is about an average runner or perhaps a step better than average. He's a very solid athlete and the move from behind the plate should help his chances of remaining a good athlete and keeping his foot speed.

Fielding

He's still learning the ropes in the outfield and his inexperience shows. But, he has more than enough raw ability to play a corner spot. He has a strong arm and enough speed to cover the necessary amount of real estate. But, his routes and jumps still need some work.

Summation

Wil Myers is not a finished product just yet, but there's not much doubt about the offensive upside. And, his ability to control the strike zone makes it highly probable that he'll continue to progress as a hitter. If he does, this is a .280, 30 home run type hitter at a corner outfield spot in the making.

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