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Wil Myers | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres manager Bud Black said Monday that he would "possibly" consider using Wil Myers some at first base during the season.
Myers played three innings at the position Sunday and also played two games at first base last season with the Rays. "Possibly," Black said when asked about using Myers at first during the season. "The versatility that Wil has shown in his entire professional career is something not to ignore." It seems unlikely that Myers will play a whole lot at first, but we could see it some against lefties, allowing the Padres to bench the left-handed hitting Yonder Alonso and put Cameron Maybin in center field. Mar 30 - 6:46 PM

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Padres manager Bud Black admitted Sunday that Wil Myers has been taking some ground balls at first base during morning drills.

It's very limited exposure to the position, but he could be an emergency option there at some point during the season. With a loaded outfield that doesn't have room for Will Venable and Cameron Maybin to play regularly, if Myers can show capable at the position it just gives Black one more moving piece to work with.
Mar 29 - 8:16 PM

Wil Myers went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a solo home run in Sunday's game against the Indians

Myers entered the afternoon batting just .211, so it was quite a helpful afternoon for the Padres' new center fielder. His fifth-inning homer off of Trevor Bauer knotted the game up at 2-2. Myers is one of a handful of candidates -- including Cameron Maybin, Yangervis Solarte, and Will Venable -- to bat leadoff for the Padres.
Mar 15 - 6:44 PM

Wil Myers went 0-for-3 versus the Indians on Saturday, causing his spring average to drop to .211.

Myers is now 4-for-19 on the spring. It's still too early to panic, but Myers is coming off of a disappointing sophomore season and is being considered for the lead-off spot in Bud Black's lineup.
Mar 14 - 7:02 PM

Wil Myers walked and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate Saturday versus the Giants.

In the fourth inning, Myers took Tim Lincecum out to right field for a line drive home run, his first of the spring. Part of the Padres' new-look outfield, Myers could potentially lead off this season. A slight increase in at-bats along with an improvement on last year's numbers would be a nice boost for Myers' fantasy value.
Mar 7 - 6:48 PM

Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

"(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there.
Mar 1 - 10:28 AM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres do not intend to trade Wil Myers.

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reported over the weekend that the Padres have expressed interested in acquiring Phillies ace Cole Hamels and that Myers, whom the Padres just acquired from the Rays, could be included in the deal. But Lin hears Monday from "sources within the organization" that Myers will be in center field for San Diego on Opening Day 2015. Let's not rule anything out quite yet.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 05:32:00 PM

Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:22:00 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 05:33:00 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 04:40:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:33:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Wil Nieves
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
3Jake Goebbert
4Brett Wallace
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Ramiro Pena
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Yangervis Solarte
3Cory Spangenberg
4Josh Bell
LF1Justin Upton
2Carlos Quentin
CF1Wil Myers
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
4Trayvon Robinson
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Brandon Morrow
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Nick Vincent
7Marcos Mateo
8Jose Valverde
9Frank Garces
10Jason Lane
11Chris Rearick
12Jandel Gustave