We've had a week to watch this year's crop of prospects in the minor leagues, but it's still tough to gauge when teams might promote their young talent. While few prospects warrant that elusive call-up right now, Tampa Bay's Wil Myers might be the first significant debut, as tweeted by Baseball America prospect guru Jim Callis. Myers is one of the few players who doesn't need a hot streak or a big league opening to warrant a spot in the major leagues.
Rays manager Joe Maddon told the
"He's more of a complete player than I thought because everyone has talked about hitting, hitting, hitting. So, I was expecting like a big guy who hit a lot that really didn't move that well. Even though he played the outfield, he had been a catcher. So, all these things sent confusing signals. To see him on the field, he's very athletic and should be a solid five-tool player. He should be able to play all areas of the game above average, and some well-above average."
A face-of-the-franchise type like Myers is more likely to arrive far before mid-June and sign a contract that buys out his six years of control, like Evan Longoria did in 2008. Which other prospects might we see in the not-too-distant future? Glad you asked: