In a move that will disappoint some Tampa Bay Rays fans, the team has sent their top prospect Wil Myers to AAA Durham. This move comes as no surprise however. Anxious Rays fans would like to see Myers in the lineup on Opening Day but the team and manager Joe Maddon wants to give Myers some more time at the AAA level.
Fans are disappointed because they would have expected the Rays to have Myers play right away after surrendering a pitcher like James Shields for him. Maddon told reporters that he doesn’t think Myers will be in the minors very long before rejoining the Rays in St. Petersburg very soon. Myers hit .286 this spring. There has been speculation all spring that the Rays would sent Myers to AAA Durham in order to avoid having him gain more playing time at the major league level and reducing the amount of time before he is eligible for arbitration. One might speculate that Meyer will be back at the major league level by June.
The Myers move wasn’t the only one made by the Rays this weekend as RHPs Josh Lueke and Juan Sandoval were among five players sent to AAA. Sandoval made news at the start of Spring Training after it was learned he was pitching with one eye. OF Brandon Guyer was optioned to AAA. RHPs Will Inman and J.D. Martin were reassigned to minor-league camp.