The Kansas City Royals are rumored to be dangling their sensational hitting prospect Wil Myers if the right deal comes along. The asking price? A top-of-the-line starter. Myers, who spent the 2012 season destroying pitchers in Double-A and Triple-A (.314/.387/.600) at the tender age of 21, should be more than able to bring back noticeable talent in any exchange; the question is whether or not the Royals will find that talent overwhelming enough to part ways with the player Baseball American rated the 28th best prospect going into the 2012 season.
It’s easy to see where the Royals got the idea to leverage Myers for pitching. Kansas City starters were underwhelming to say the least a season ago, throwing just 890 innings (third to last in all of baseball) and compiling a 5.01 ERA (fifth worst) in the process. Top pitching prospect Mike Montgomery stalled in 2012, posting a 6.07 ERA accompanied by a 1.62 WHIP across the top two minor league levels, and no other internal names seem poised to turn things around for the parent club’s rotation.
Still, giving up a position player with Myers’s hitting ability always carries the potential to haunt an organization, so should the Royals find a suitable trading partner, the return will need to be eye-popping.