Organization Promotes a Pair to Omaha

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 16, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals today announced that the organization has promoted outfielder Wil Myers and right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from Northwest Arkansas (AA) to Omaha (AAA).  Both players will join the Storm Chasers when they return to action tomorrow to host Tacoma at Werner Park.

Myers, 21, has dominated the Texas League from the outset, departing the league as its leader in hitting (.343), slugging (.731), OPS (1.146), tied for the top spot in total bases (98), ranking tied for second in home runs (13) and third in RBI (37).  He has homered six times in his last 10 games.  Myers was Kansas City’s third round pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft and got his first taste of big league spring training as a non-roster invitee earlier this year.

Odorizzi, 22, leaves Northwest Arkansas with a 4-2 record and 3.32 ERA in seven starts.  He is second in the Texas League in strikeouts (47) and fourth in WHIP (0.97).  He has been most impressive over his last four starts, going 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA, allowing six earned runs in 27.1 innings for a 1.98 ERA while fanning 33.  Odorizzi has limited opposing hitters to a collective .191 batting average through his first seven assignments.  He was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2010, along with Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Jeremy Jeffress in exchange for Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt.  Odorizzi was the 32nd overall pick of the Brewers in the 2008 First Year Player Draft and he also had a taste of big league spring training this year as a non-roster invitee.