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Myers Expects Big Year for the Padres

San Diego's new 1st baseman thinks he can put up "great numbers"



    1 on 1 With Padres 1st Baseman Wil Myers

    Padres 1st baseman Wil Myers talks about his health, his position change, and how he might have a major power surge in 2016. (Published Monday, March 28, 2016)

    Wil Myers has always been a talented guy. He was a 3rd round pick in 2009 by the Royals before being traded to the Rays while still in the minor leagues (for current Padres teammate James Shields).

    Four years later Myers was the 4th-ranked prospect in all of baseball. He was called up at mid-season and in just 88 games with Tampa Bay did enough to earn the AL Rookie of the Year award. At the age of 21, playing in Double-A and Triple-A, Myers hit a combined 37 home runs and drove in 109 runs.

    At the age of 22, playing in Triple-A and Major League Baseball, Myers hit a combined 27 homers and drove in 110 runs. It looked like he was the game's next great young power hitter, the East Coast's answer to Mike Trout.

    But then injuries happened. Myers hit just six home runs in 87 games with the Rays in 2014, a dip in production that prompted Tampa to trade him to the Padres. In 2015 Myers was off to a promising start before more physical problems knocked him out of the lineup.

    It turns out Myers had a bone spur in his left wrist. In the middle of the 2015 season he had is surgically removed. Heading in to 2016 Myers is pain-free and enjoying a brand new position. I went 1 on 1 with him to get a health update and see just what Wil thinks he's capable of this year.