Amid a hot spring, has San Diego Padres’ outfielder Wil Myers finally figured it out?
At one point, the San Diego Padres crowned Wil Myers as the face of the franchise.
Myers was awarded a six-year/$83-million extension before the start of the 2017 season by A.J. Preller. The native of North Carolina looked to be a player the Padres would build around in an attempt to create a winning culture.
Oh, how times have changed as the infielder/outfielder seems to be at the center of virtually every trade rumor these days. A.J. Preller and his staff are considering moving the right-handed batter, and most rumors indicate that the Padres are prepared to eat half of the over $60 million owed to Myers over the next three seasons. The Padres are considering paying another team over $10 million per season just to rid themselves of the 29-year-old.
There is no doubt that Myers has not lived up to the hype. His numbers have tailed off drastically from the .797 OPS he put up in 2016 when he made the NL All-Star team. Myers ended last year with a .739 OPS and 168 strikeouts in 435 plate appearances. There was a loss in playing time as he seemed in the dog house for most of the season. But is this a reason to completely give up on him?
Manager Andy Green and Myers did not see eye to eye. Myers could never find any consistency, and some of that may have come from the constant change in position on defense. A more comfortable Myers may be productive. The game is very mental, especially when it comes to the hitting aspect of the game.
This spring so far, Myers has crushed three home runs and is hitting .313 early in the season. The most impressive thing about Myers currently is that he is using the whole field and not pulling off the ball. If the Padres can unlock that in Myers, he has the potential to be a substantial contributor on offense. Jayce Tingler indicated last week that Myers using the whole field is a very positive thing.
Potential is a common word used in baseball. More often than not, players never reach their overall potential. That is how difficult it is to master the sport. There is so much potential in Myers. It is safe to say that he has yet to figure it all out. Allowing his talent to flourish on another team is a scary thought, but the Padres are at that point presently.
Is this hot spring start a preview to a breakout-type season or just a godsend for the Padres as they try to move Myers? The Padres are in full evaluation mode with their roster and nobody is under a stronger microscope than Wil Myers. What will the team do with Myers?