Wil Myers, First Base, San Diego Padres, #4
Date of Birth: 12/10/1990
Birthplace: Thomasville, North Carolina
Wil Myers, first baseman for the San Diego Padres, was first drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2009. After playing in the Royals' minor league system for four years, they traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays in December, 2012.
Myers won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 even though he played in just 88 games with the Rays. He batted .293 with 98 hits, 23 doubles, 13 home runs, and 53 RBIs. He played in right field in 72 games and he made 118 putouts with zero errors.
Myers spent time on the DL in 2014, playing in just 87 games with the Rays. He did not have a good season, finishing with 72 hits, 14 doubles, 90 strikeouts to 34 walks, and a .222 batting average. Defensively, in 78 games in right field, he made 161 putouts and 4 errors to finish with a .976 fielding percentage.
Myers was traded to the Padres on December 19, 2014. He spent time on the DL from mid-June, 2015, until the beginning of September after having surgery to remove a bone spur. In 60 games with the Padres in 2015, he had 57 hits, 13 doubles, and a .253 batting average. Defensively, he played 22 games at first base, 4 games in left field, 38 games in center field, and 2 games in right field.
Myers had his first full season in 2016, playing in 157 games with the Padres. He finished the season with 155 hits, 29 doubles, 28 home runs, 94 RBIs, and a .259 batting average. Defensively, as the Padres' first baseman in 149 games, he made 76 assists, 139 double plays, 1,246 putouts, and 3 errors.
Myers signed a six-year, $83 million contract with the Padres on January 17, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 138 hits, 29 doubles, 30 home runs, 74 RBIs, 180 strikeouts to 70 walks, and a .243 batting average in 155 games. Defensively, as the Padres' first baseman in 154 games, he made 72 assists, 147 double plays, 1,295 putouts, and 8 errors.
Career batting statistics for Myers through 2017 include:
- 547 games played
- 520 hits
- 108 doubles
- 285 RBIs
- 576 strikeouts to 232 walks
- .254 batting average