When 2010 began, Mike Moustakas was coming off of a disappointing season in high Class A. He quickly erased that memory by destroying the Texas League with 21 home runs in just 66 games. By midseason he was promoted to Triple-A Omaha and by the middle of the next season he was playing in Kansas City.
Wil Myers entered this season coming off of a disappointing 2011 season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's quickly erasing that memory by destroying the Texas League in his return visit. Myers hit his 11th home run of the season on Tuesday. It was also his fourth home run in the past four games and his fifth in the past six. In the only game of the six that he didn't homer, Myers tripled. Myers also has a 15-game hitting streak. An 0-for-4 day on April 22 is all that's keeping Myers from having a hit in all 29 games this season.
There is one other way that Myers' first month of the season resembles Moustakas' breakout season in Northwest Arkansas. Like Moustakas, Myers' stats are helped by hitting at Avrest Park. At home, Myers was hitting .414/.444/.845 coming into Tuesday's game. But even on the road, Myers is still slugging above .500 (.259/.333/.556). He's also a nightmare for a lefthanded pitcher (.432/.462/.919 in 37 at-bats), although again, he's slugging over .600 (.608) against righthanders as well.
Myers' turnaround has extended beyond just his work at the plate. A year ago he was was struggling to handle right field. Now the Royals have moved him to center field. Myers doesn't fit as a long-term center fielder especially in a park as spacious as Kauffman Stadium, but in the past the Royals have said that they believe Myers could be a solid center fielder because of his athleticism.
Moustakas had to wait for 66 games to get his promotion to Triple-A Omaha. At the rate he's going Myers is making a pretty strong case to get a quicker callup than that.
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