Wil Myers, Right Field, San Diego Padres, #4
Date of Birth: 12/10/1990
Birthplace: Thomasville, North Carolina
Current Salary: $4,500,000
Wil Myers, right fielder 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.
Career batting statistics for Myers through 2016 include:
- 392 games played
- 382 hits
- 211 RBIs
- 396 strikeouts to 162 walks
- .257 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Myers as a right fielder through 2016 include:
- 159 games played
- 291 putouts
- 4 errors
- .987 fielding percentage