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4 Wil Myers CF
Height/Weight: 6-3/205 | Birthdate: 12/10/1990 | Birthplace: Thomasville, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 96/89 | Average Draft Position: 195.11
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Padres right fielder Wil Myers cracks third home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:42 am ET) Padres right fielder Wil Myers went 1 for 5 at the plate in San Diego's 11-8 loss to the Dodgers Saturday. Myers connected for his third home run of the season to lead off the first inning Saturday when he smacked a 1-1 pitch from Brandon McCarthy over the center field wall.

Myers is now hitting .272 with 12 RBI in 81 at-bats this season.


Padres' Wil Myers slugs second home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Padres center fielder Wil Myers went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Myers has enjoyed the thin air in Colorado, entering Wednesday's game with five hits in 10 at-bats over the last two games. He was able to collect his second home run of the season in the sixth inning. Myers has hit .309/.338/.485 with two home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases in 68 at-bats.


Padres' Wil Myers reaches base four times vs. Colorado


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Padres center fielder Wil Myers reached base four times and racked up three hits in Tuesday's 7-6 victory over Colorado.

Myers singled in the fifth, doubled in a run in the seventh and singled in a run in the eighth. He finished 3 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. He has two three-hit games this season, all of which have come over the last five days. He is hitting .313 (20 for 64) with six doubles, a home run and 10 RBI over 15 games.


Padres' Wil Myers on being traded by Rays: 'I felt they'd given up on me'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Coming into 2015, you could make the argument Padres outfielder Wil Myers hadn't yet reached his full potential or lived up to the hype that followed him as a top prospect in the minors. Apparently, any type of talk like that didn't sit too well with the 24-year-old outfielder.

"He told me early in spring training that he heard little whispers this winter that maybe he was not the player everyone made him out to be," Padres manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "I think that bothered him."

Myers has already been traded twice in his young career, with the latest deal being in December that shipped him from the Rays to the Padres. 

"More than anything, I am playing with a chip on my shoulder," Myers said. "Last year was the first bad year I had in my pro career. When Tampa traded me away, I felt they had given up on me.

"Almost everything I do is to be able to prove (the Rays) wrong."

Thus far, Myers is off to a good start to his Padres career. Myers, who is primarily hitting leadoff, is batting .283 with one home run, five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs in 14 games.

"He told me early in spring training he was going to show that he should hit third, fourth or fifth," Black said. "I said, 'Wait a minute. You are not going to hit third or fourth because of the two guys [Justin Upton and Matt Kemp] we have here. Let's go in my office and sit down. Let's put a projected team together out there. You don't want to hit leadoff, so who's going to hit leadoff?' I told him, 'If you hit leadoff every day you might get the most at-bats in the NL,'" 


Padres want Wil Myers to stay aggressive in leadoff spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Padres center fielder Wil Myers has yet to take a walk and has seen the fifth fewest pitches per plate appearance among leadoff hitters in the National League, but the Padres like what he brings to the table batting leadoff and want him to stay aggressive, MLB.com reports.

"Everyone has their own style of how they play, and Wil, being the prototypical leadoff hitter isn't who he is," manager Bud Black said. "[We want him to] be aggressive and do what he does. Ultimately, down the road, we'll see where he sets up in the batting order. But for now, and with this group, it makes sense for him to lead off."

Hitting coach Mark Kotsay indicated the team doesn't want Myers to change his approach in his new role as a leadoff hitter.

"I think in terms of growth and development, we've seen him swing early, we've seen him take pitches. He's done a good job adjusting to the role," Kotsay said. " … But by no means do we expect him to be a prototypical leadoff hitter who is strictly an on-base guy. We don't have the expectation for him to see a lot of pitches. The competitiveness of the at-bat and quality of the plate appearance, at this point, he's done a good job of it."

Myers has hit .300/.314/.460 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 50 at-bats.


Myers, Middlebrooks mash Cubs into submission


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) They have not earned the nickname "The M & M Boys" yet, but Padres hitters Wil Myers and Will Middlebrooks deserve some kudos for their performance Sunday against the Cubs.

The pair keyed a victory with home runs. Middlebrooks ripped a two-run shot in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2, then Myers blasted a three-run homer in the seventh for what proved to be the game-winner.

Myers is off to a particularly strong start this season. His three-hit day, which included two singles, improved his slash line to .333/.348/.511.

"I feel good at the plate. I thought the home run was big, but one thing I've really been working on is the bunting. It's never been a part of my game, ever," Myers said, per MLB.com. "I was able to put down a bunt and get a base hit. Obviously, the home run was great, but to be able to do that in that situation, get a hit right there and give what they take me was good."


Padres' Wil Myers getting accustomed to life in CF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Padres' Wil Myers, who plated his 17th career game in center field, is still getting accustomed to working between Justin Upton and Matt Kemp and adjusting to how the ball comes off the bat from his angle, per MLB.com.

"It's been good," Myers said. "But it was definitely weird at first, especially in spring training. The first time that I played with both of them, I didn't want to yell at Justin to get over. But I'm a lot more comfortable with them now.

Myers revealed that he called off Kemp for the first time this season on Monday while attempting to catch a ball in the outfield.

"Yesterday [Monday] was the first time I really called off Matt. I was like, 'my bad.' And he was like, 'no, that's your job,'" Myers said. "That was cool for him to say that."

"We're doing a lot better now, especially because we have spray charts; we know where to play now. In Spring Training, we were on our own," Myers said. "But these two guys are good. Matt has the two Gold Gloves and Justin has made some good plays already.

"Nothing has surprised me about these guys. I think they expect that from themselves."


Padres' Wil Myers, Derek Norris back in lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Padres will have outfielder Wil Myers and catcher Derek Norris are back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to team announcer Bob Scanlan. 

Both players had the day off against the Giants, though Myers did see a pinch-hitting appearance during Sunday's 6-4 loss. This move puts Will Venable and Wil Nieves into a bench role for Monday's game. 


Padres' Wil Myers ends five-game hit streak with PH appearance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Padres center fielder Wil Myers was not in the starting lineup Sunday for the first time this season but did see action as a pinch hitter, striking out in his only at-bat.

Myers entered play Sunday on a five-game hitting streak, including back-to-back two-hit performances that each included a double. He's served as the team's leadoff hitter when in the lineup and will likely resume that role Monday. Myers is 7 for 29 with four RBI and two stolen bases after one week of action.


Padres OF Wil Myers OK with playing some first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Padres outfielder Wil Myers played three innings at first base during Sunday's spring game against the Mariners in preparation for playing at first base at times during the regular season, per U-T San Diego.

"I consider myself a center fielder first," Myers said Monday morning, "but if they ever need me over there, I'd definitely be willing to go over there and take ground balls and do whatever they need me to do.

"I like it a lot. Any time you can try something new, get out of the outfield and do something new, it's going to be fun."


Padres outfielder Wil Myers working at first base in workouts


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Padres outfielder Wil Myers is taking limited practice time at first base during workouts, manager Bub Black said Sunday according to MLB.com.

Myers, who is hitting .278 with three home runs this spring, is currently projected to be the team's starting center fielder, but is part of a very deep outfield.


Padres' Wil Myers smacks opposite-field home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Padres outfielder Wil Myers has shown an ability to drive the ball to all fields in his career and did so again Saturday, smacking a home run to right field in his team's 7-6 win over the Giants.

"A lot of my home runs the other way are balls on the outer half. I hear a lot of people say I can't use the other side of the plate, but I feel I do a pretty good job of it," Myers said, per MLB.com. "… Catch a ball deep and put a pretty good swing on it."

Myers also indicated he's still getting used to facing live pitching in game situations.

"My eyes are still a little slow. But I was able to get a fastball over the plate and put a good swing on it," Myers said. "Early in camp, my eyes have to focus on the ball more. I haven't seen 93, 94 [mph] in six months. It will come around."

The Padres acquired Myers this offseason after he hit .222/.294/.320 with six home runs, 35 RBI and six stolen bases in 325 at-bats last season.


Padres' Wil Myers hoping to prove the doubters wrong


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Padres outfielder Wil Myers is hoping he can prove the doubters wrong this season, according to MLB.com.

Myers not only has a lot to prove at the plate, but he also wants to show that he can handle his new defensive position. "Going into this year, I have a lot of doubters out there. I not only want to prove them wrong but prove to myself that I can play a good center field," Myers said.

He continued, "I've played a lot there in the minor leagues. And hearing everyone say, 'I don't think he can play center field,' is going to motivate me to play a great center field."

Manager Bud Black seems encouraged by Myers' defensive play thus far. "He's looking good, good angles, good routes, good hands, athletic," Black said. "His speed is fine. His strides look good tracking fly balls. He's an athletic guy. From what we've seen so far [it's been] all good."

The 24-year-old hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats last season. 


Wil Myers among the candidates to hit leadoff for Padres


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) The Padres don't have a prototypical leadoff hitter on their 40-man roster, so manager Bud Black is already trying to pare down the potential candidates he does have at his disposal, per U-T San Diego.

Yangervis Solarte, Will Venable, Cameron Maybin and Wil Myers -- let’s start there,” Black said of the options at the top of his list.

However, of that list of players, Myers is the only one assured of playing every day. He has a career .324 on-base percentage.


Report: Padres planning to keep Wil Myers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) The Padres have no intention of dealing away recently acquired outfielder Wil Myers, sources within the organization have told the San Diego Union-Tribune, which has conceded that mindset could change.

Reports have Myers being included in trade talks with Philadelphia involving pitcher Cole Hamels.

The Padres are planning to have Myers start the season in center field, flanked by more ballyhooed offseason acquisitions Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.

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Report: Padres have discussed Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Padres have discussed a trade for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, according to the Daily News

Newly-acquired outfielder Wil Myers would be used as the centerpiece in the deal. By bringing in Myers, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton, San Diego has a glut of talent in the outfield. While it seems strange that the team would turn around and deal Myers, he would be the type of talent the Phillies are said to be seeking for Hamels. Philadelphia reportedly wants two or three "premium" prospects for Hamels. 

The 30-year-old Hamels posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last season. He's owed $90 million over the next four seasons. 


Bud Black reveals OF configuration for Padres in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Bud Black sees his revamped Padres outfield consisting of Justin Upton in left, Matt Kemp in right and Wil Myers in center, per The Associated Press.

The very active Padres will have an entirely new outfield in 2015.


Padres, Nats, Rays announce Wil Myers trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres officially announced an 11-player, three-team trade that sent Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego on Friday, per the team's official website.

San Diego acquired Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, left-handed pitcher Jose Castillo and right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes from the Rays. Tampa Bay received catcher Rene Rivera, right-handed pitcher Burch Smith and infielder Jake Bauers from San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza and left-handed pitcher Travis Ott from Washington. Meanwhile, the Nationals received right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later, likely infielder Trea Turner, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.


Padres moving Wil Myers to center field?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) With the addition of Justin Upton, it appears as if the Padres will likely try to shift newly acquired outfielder Wil Myers to center field in order to have Upton and Matt Kemp as corner outfielder, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Myers played 147 of his 175 career games at right field, with only eight career appearances at center field. He also spent two games last season at first base. Last season, he hit .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI over 361 at-bats.


Padres, Rays and Nationals complete Wil Myers trade


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) The Padres, Rays and Nationals have completed a trade that will send Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal had been in the works for a few days, but was finally agreed to late Thursday night. Myers, 24, will head to the Padres in the deal. He hit .222/.294/.320 over 325 at-bats with the Rays last season. Myers also missed time due to a wrist injury. 

The Padres will also receive catcher Ryan Hanigan and pitchers Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo in the deal. 

Tampa Bay will receive outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott from the Nationals. Souza, 25, hit .345/.427/.577 in 357 at-bats spread over three levels last year. 

The Rays will also receive catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith from San Diego.

Washington is set to acquire pitcher Joe Ross from San Diego. The team will also receive infielder Trea Turner in the deal. Turner was a 2014 draft pick, and cannot be traded until midseason, so he's currently considered a player to be named later.


Padres, Rays and Nationals on the verge of three-team deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Nationals, Padres and Rays are on the verge of a three-team deal, which would send outfielder Wil Myers to San Diego, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Heyman has confirmed the multiple media reports outlining the full details of the trade. The Padres are set to receive Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan, pitcher Gerardo Reyes and pitcher Jose Castillo from the Rays.

The Rays are getting two players from the Nationals -- outfielder Steven Souza and pitcher Travis Ott -- and three players from the Padres -- catcher Rene Rivera, first baseman Jake Bauers and pitcher Burch Smith.

The Nationals are getting pitcher Joe Ross from the Padres, as well as a player to be named later, which will be shortstop prospect Trea Turner. Because Turner was a 2014 draft pick, he can't be traded until June.


Padres, Rays trade talks for Wil Myers making progress


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Padres and Rays are said to be making progress on a deal for outfielder Wil Myers, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Myers, who hit .222 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games, was also the Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan reported this deal might also involve pieces going to and from the Nationals.


Padres, Rays discussing potential Wil Myers trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Padres and the Rays are discussing a trade that would involve 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. The deal would also send starting pitcher Burch Smith to Tampa Bay.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the discussions between both sides.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year winner has not played more than 90 games in each of his first two seasons in the majors. Last season, he hit .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI over 361 at-bats. He has a career batting average of .258 through his first 175 games.


Report: Rays have fielded about half-dozen inquiries on Wil Myers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Roughly a half-dozen teams have called the Rays to inquire about outfielder Wil Myers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. However, it doesn't appear as though the Rays have plans to deal the 24-year-old outfielder, who is coming off a down season in 2014.

"We don't have any questions about Wil," baseball operations president Matt Silverman said. "The guy we saw last year was injured and didn't really have a chance to demonstrate what he has. We look at him as a rookie of the year who really missed most of the season and expect him to be back in that form as a formidable bat in the middle of the lineup who also plays a pretty good outfield."


Wil Myers returns to the outfield Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Rays outfielder Wil Myers will get his first outfield start since returning from the disabled list Monday night against the Orioles, according to the Tampa Tribune. Myers is hitting .167 (3 for 18) with a home run and an RBI in his first five games back from a 70-game absence because of a wrist injury.