March 16, 2013 - International League (IL) - Durham Bulls
DURHAM, NC - The Tampa Bay Rays today reassigned Wil Myers to Minor League Camp, assuring MLB.com's No. 4 prospect in the country will begin the season with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. The Thomasville, NC native was acquired during the offseason in a trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. Myers, the Rays' highest ranked prospect and the 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, will join fellow North Carolinian Chris Archer on a prospect-laden Bulls squad that could also feature many distinguished veteran players.
Myers was hitting .265 over 16 games in the Grapefruit League before reassignment. The 22 year-old split the 2012 season between Double-A and Triple-A and finished second in all of Minor League Baseball with 37 home runs. He has hit .303 with 64 home runs, 259 RBI, a .395 on-base percentage and .522 slugging percentage over four minor league seasons after being selected in the third round of the 2009 June Draft by Kansas City. He finished the season as MLB.com's No. 3 rated prospect in the country after being named 2012 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, USA Today, and Topps/Minor League Baseball.
The highly touted prospect has been the focal point of the Bulls' popular "Wil He, Won't He - ticket package, which would have given purchasers another game for free if Myers started the season in the Majors. The 3-Game package, which includes Opening Day on April 8th, the 4th of July, and Fan Appreciation Day on August 24th, is still available even though Myers will begin the season in Durham.
The Durham Bulls begin the 2013 International League season on the road before returning to the DBAP on April 8th for their home opener against the Gwinnett Braves. Season tickets, 9-Game Mini Plans, group packages and single game tickets are on sale now at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park box office, by calling 919.956.BULL or visiting durhambulls.com.