Outfielder Wil Myers garnered another accolade Monday when picked by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
That’s no surprise. The same publication recently selected him as its Minor League Player of the Year. And in The Star, we identified Myers on Sunday as the top prospect in the Royals’ organization.
Myers, 21, opened the season by playing 35 games at Class AA Northwest Arkansas before finishing with 99 games at Class AAA Omaha. He finished with 37 homers, 109 RBIs, a .314 average, a .387 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage.
His brief tour at Northwest Arkansas was sufficient for him to be cited by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Texas League. “Myers generates above-average power with tremendous bat speed and strength,” Baseball America reported. “His bat stays in the hitting zone long enough that he projects to hit for a good average. Though he was very pull-oriented this season, he's capable of hitting to all fields with authority.”
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, 22, was picked as the PCL’s No. 11 prospect. He was a combined 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 26 games at Northwest Arkansas and Omaha before concluding his season with two big-league starts.
“Odorizzi generates a lot of swings and misses with his fastball,” Baseball America reported, “throwing it at 90-92 mph and topping out at 94 while using a deceptively easy delivery.
“His secondary pitches need some refinement, though his curveball, slider and changeup are all effective. He attacks the zone and shows exceptional poise on the mound for a 22-year-old.”
Five years ago, Baseball America’s Top 20 PCL list had first baseman Billy Butler at No. 3 behind Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo and Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones. It also had pitchers Luke Hochevar at No. 11 and Billy Buckner at No. 17.
Here’s a full list of Royals’ prospects who received mention in Baseball America’s postseason league-by-league rankings:
Class AAA Pacific Coast League (Omaha): OF Wil Myers (No. 1) and RHP Jake Odorizzi (No. 11).
Class AA Texas League (Northwest Arkansas): OF Wil Myers (No. 3).
Class A Carolina League (Wilmington): RHP Yordano Ventura (No. 8), SS Orlando Calixte (No. 10) and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (No. 20).
Class A Midwest League (Kane County): OF Jorge Bonifacio (No. 13) and RHP Kyle Smith (No. 16).
Short-season Pioneer League (Idaho Falls): SS Adalberto Mondesi (No. 3) and LHP Sam Selman (No. 8).
Short-season Appalachian League (Burlington): OF Bubba Starling (No. 3), 3B Patrick Leonard (No. 16) and C Cameron Gallagher (No. 20).
Arizona Rookie League (Surprise): None.