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Thomasville native, former Bull, Wil Myers wins AL Rookie of the Year

Posted November 11, 2013

— Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays has won the AL Rookie of the Year award after putting up impressive offensive numbers in barely half a season.

The right fielder from Thomasville, NC, received 23 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Monday, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer.

Myers becomes the third Tampa Bay player - and Durham Bulls product - in six years to be selected Rookie of the Year, joining pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (2011) and third baseman Evan Longoria (2008).

The 22-year-old Myers batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in only 88 games after he was called up from Durham June 16. He immediately added much-needed power to the middle of the Rays' lineup, helping them reach the playoffs as an AL wild card. The Rays were three games over .500 when he arrived (36-33) and 56-38 after his Big League debut.

The 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, Myers entered the season as the Rays’ top-rated prospect and despite playing in only 64 games with Durham, his 14 home runs were good enough for a share of the team lead.

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  • vt94hokies Jan 5, 2014

    Just caught this one. Happy as heck for him. My former high school football coach is from Thomasville. I became his assistant principal back in the day in Stokes Co.

  • BISHOP5 Nov 11, 2013

    Not surprised by this. He even had Red Sox fans chanting his name in the playoffs.

    :-D

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