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June 11, 2013

The Stash List

Wilpocalypse Now?

by Bret Sayre


The Rays and Wil Myers have become baseball's 2013 version of Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley. Will they or won't they? When will it happen? Why hasn't it happened yet? There are plenty of questions that we can't answer about the impending (or maybe less impeding than we thought) call-up of the next great Rays' prospect. However, what we can say with some reasonable certainty is what's been happening at the major-league level, purely from a baseball perspective, that is keeping Wil Myers in Triple-A. The Rays are six games over .500 at the moment, and four games out of first place in the AL East, so it isn't simply about the money, it's also about performance.

Heading into the season, it was widely assumed that Myers would hang down in Durham until the Rays deemed it financially appropriate for their long-term future to bring him up. And to make room for him, Kelly Johnson would head to a utility role with Ben Zobrist taking over full-time again at second base. But with an 802 OPS and 10 homers in 53 games, Johnson has made his statement to stay in the lineup—which moves the conversation over to the first-base position. Unfortunately for Myers, that's where James Loney is hitting .325 with seven homers this season. Instead of wondering what kind of sorcery is leading to his resurgence in Tampa, we'll just move on. This brings us to the final player who is getting in the way of the Wilpocalypse.

You'd think that posting a sub-700 OPS as a designated hitter would be poor enough to warrant losing playing time; however, Luke Scott is still in the lineup and batting seventh against the vast majority of right-handed pitchers. "Well, maybe he's playing well recently," is a thing you might say after a statement like that. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite hold wah-tah. Scott hasn't hit a home run since May 19, and in that stretch, he's hitting a robust .170/.250/.226 in 60 plate appearances. So there you have it: The Super Two deadline is about to have comfortably passed, and the Rays (a contending team) are still getting minimal production from their DH spot. It's certainly possible that Myers would not perform better than Scott has in 2013, but at some point they're going to have to find out for themselves.

Without any further ado, here is The Stash List, version 8.0:

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1) Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (Last week: 1)

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