The next wave of young talent may be coming to Kansas City sooner than we all thought.
On Wednesday, the Royals announced that top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi will be promoted from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to Triple-A Omaha. Myers’ promotion was effective immediately, while Odorizzi’s promotion will take effect on Friday.
Coming into the season, MLB.com had Myers rated as the Royals no.2 prospect (behind Bubba Starling). Odorizzi was ranked as the organizations no.4 prospect (behind no.3 prospect Mike Montgomery).
At 21 years old, Wil Myers was having an outstanding season for the Narurals prior to being promoted. Through 35 games, he was hitting .343/.414/.731 with 25 XBH (11 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR), 30 RBI, and 4 SB. Myers, renowned for his prowess at the plate, is also known for his athleticism. The Royals drafted him as a catcher in the 3rd round back in 2009. Wanting to get his advanced bat to the big leagues quickly -and the presence of Salvador Perez- the Royals opted to shift him to the outfield. Although he has spent most of his time in the outfiled in RF (88 games), the Royals have moved Myers around the field a bit. Being such a great athlete allowed him to log significant time in CF (33 games), as well as a handful of innings in LF (6 games) and even 3B (2 games).
Moving Myers all around the field does nothing but add to his value. He’s proving that his bat can play nearly anywhere on the field.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, 22, was the key to the Zack Greinke trade two winters ago. Through seven starts for the Naturals in 2012, Izzy compiled a 4-2 record, an ERA of 3.32, a 4.7:1 strikeout to walk ratio, an opposing batting average of just .191, and a 0.97 WHIP.
Some scouts regard Odorizzi as the Royals’ top pitching prospect and think he possesses all the skills necessary to eventually become a staff ace. His delivery is smooth and easy, leading many to accurately project his quick rise through the minor league system. The top two pitches in his repertoire a low-to-mid 90’s fastball and a sharp-breaking curveball.
Barring any major injuries or out-of-this-world performances, both Myers and Odorizzi should spend the rest of the season in Omaha. One or both could potentially be September call-ups, depending on how the Royals’ record looks at the time. But both of them have real, legitimate shots to make the Opening Day roster in 2013.