The reigning American League Rookie of the Year was limited to 87 games due to a right wrist fracture...Was sidelined 70 games from 5/5 - 8/20…started 84 games (76 in RF, eight at DH) and made appearances at first base (two games) and center field (one game)...Made his first Opening Day roster on 3/31 vs. TOR…started in right field and went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI...Hit everywhere from first to seventh in the starting lineup during the course of the season…hit leadoff twice for the first time in his career on 5/13 at SEA and 5/21 vs. OAK...Logged his third career multi-homer game on 4/19 vs. NYY in what was his 104th career game…since 2000, he is one of four Major League players to total three multi-HR games in his first 104 career games before turning 24 years old, joining Laynce Nix, Brad Miller and Ryan Braun...From 4/28 - 5/15, hit .290/.339/.477 (31-for-107) with eight doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI in 26 games...On 5/4 at NYY, hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run off CC Sabathia…it was the first inside-the-parker in the Majors in 2014...Became the first visiting player with a grand slam and a inside-the-park HR at new Yankee Stadium…the slam came on 6/23/13, also off Sabathia...Began his career with a 13-game hitting streak at Yankee Stadium before going hitless on 9/9…per ELIAS, it was the longest streak in road games against the Yankees to begin a career since WSH Eddie Foster in 1912-13 (17 games) at Hilltop Park and the Polo Grounds...Had a two-RBI sac fly on 9/16 vs. NYY, the first two-run sac fly in Rays history scoring Evan Longoria from third base and James Loney from second base…it was the first two-run sac fly in the Majors since LAA Mike Trout on 8/10/12 vs. SEA.
Named 2013 Jackie Robinson American League
Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers'
Association of America, earning 23 of 30 firstplace
votes…he was the third Rays player to
win the award, following Evan Longoria (2008)
and Jeremy Hellickson (2011).
Ê Won the award despite playing only 88 games
after his June 18 call-up…became the first position
player to win AL Rookie of the Year in fewer
than 100 games and the second in major
league history, joining PHI Ryan Howard (2005,
Ê Also recognized as AL Rookie of the Year by
Sporting News, AL Outstanding Rookie in
the Players Choice Awards, Rays Oustanding
Rookie by the Tampa Bay chapter of the
BBWAA and was named to Topps All-Rookie
Ê Led AL rookies in RBI (53), go-ahead RBI (15),
doubles (23), extra-base hits (36), on-base percentage
(.354) and slugging percentage (.478)
and tied LAA J.B. Shuck for first in total bases
(160)…became the first player to lead AL rookies
in RBI in less than 90 games since DET
Hoot Evers in 1946 (33 RBI in 81 games).
Ê After his June 18 call-up, led the team in doubles,
RBI, runs scored (50), OBP (.354) and
SLG…the Rays went 56-38 (.596) after his callup,
compared to 36-33 (.522) before it.
Ê Became just the fifth rookie in the 2000s to
lead a postseason-bound team in batting (.294)
after the All-Star break…joined OAK Yoenis
2013 A.L. JACKIE ROBINSON
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BALLOTING
1ST 2ND 3RD PTS
Wil Myers, TB 23 5 1 131
Jose Iglesias, BOS/DET 5 17 4 80
Chris Archer, TB 1 5 15 35
Dan Straily, OAK 1 2 4 15
J.B. Shuck, LAA 1 1 4
Cody Allen, CLE 2 2
Martin Perez, TEX 2 2
David Lough, KC 1 1
2014 TAMPA BAY RAYS MEDIA GUIDE
40-MAN ROSTER › WIL MYERS
Cespedes in 2012, STL Albert Pujols and SEA
Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and SEA Carlos Guillen
Ê During the Rays 23-4 run from June 29-July 30,
he led the team with a .351 (33-for-94) average
and 18 RBI.
Ê During the Rays season-ending 14-5 surge, he
hit .310 (22-for-71) with 10 2B, 2 HR and 11 RBI.
Ê Made 68 starts in right field and DH'd 11 times…
also started 6 games in center field in August
when Desmond Jennings was on the DL.
Ê Had 2 multi-homer games: July 28 at NYY and
Sep 4 at LAA…in the latter game, he became
the first major league rookie to hit 2 HR accounting
for all his team's runs in a victory
since PIT Garrett Jones on July 17, 2009 vs. SF,
and the first rookie in Rays history to do so…
Rays won 3-1…joined Evan Longoria as the only
Rays to have multiple 2-HR games as a rookie.
Ê Hit 3 HR in 12 games at Yankee Stadium, the
first visiting player to hit 3 HR there in his rookie
season since CWS Chris Singleton in 1999.
Ê His first major league home run was a grand
slam off CC Sabathia on June 23…it made Wil
(22 years, 194 days) the fourth-youngest visiting
player to hit a grand slam at Yankee
Stadium (new or original) and the youngest
since SEA Ken Griffey Jr. in 1991…also became:
n The fourth visiting player all-time to hit a
grand slam at Yankee Stadium (new or original)
for his first major league home run, first
since DET Ricky Peters on May 27, 1980…
the others were both pitchers: WAS Camilo
Pascual on Aug 14, 1960 and DET Zeb Eaton
on July 15, 1945.
n The fifth player all-time whose first career
home run was a grand slam off a Cy Young
Award winner…oddly, three of the previous
four were pitchers: MIN Danny Valencia
(July 26, 2010 at KC off Zack Greinke), SEA
Felix Hernandez (June 23, 2008 at NYM off
Johan Santana), CHC Burt Hooton (Sep 16,
1972 at NYM off Tom Seaver) and WAS
Camilo Pascual (Aug 14, 1960 at NYY off Bob
n The first visiting rookie to hit a grand slam
at Yankee Stadium (new or original) since
SEA Carlos Guillen on Aug 7, 2000, and the
first visiting rookie to have 3 hits and a
grand slam at Yankee Stadium since CLE
Enrique Wilson on Sep 21, 1998.
Ê Homered on June 24 off TOR Esmil Rogers,
a 422-foot blast to CF, to become the third
in Rays history to homer in his first career
plate app at Tropicana Field…he joined Terry
Shumpert (March 31, 2003 vs. BOS) and Joe
Dillon (May 30, 2009 vs. MIN)…it was the middle
of back-to-back-to-back homers with
James Loney and Sam Fuld, the second occurrence
in franchise history.
Ê In his 24 games in AL East road parks, batted
.351 (34-for-97) with 5 HR and 22 RBI.
Ê Combined for 27 HR, 110 RBI and 36 2B between
the majors and Durham in 152 games.
Ê Entered 2013 rated by Baseball America as
the No. 1 prospect, Best Power Hitter and Best
Hitter for Average in the Rays system…also
ranked the No. 4 prospect in the minor leagues
Acquired from the Kansas City Royals on Dec 9, 2012, as part of a seven-player trade that sent pitchers James Shields, Wade Davis and a player to be named later (INF Elliot Johnson) to the Royals for Myers and three other prospects... In 2012, became the third player ever to win the Baseball America, USA Today and Topps Minor League Player of the Year awards in the same season, joining Andruw Jones (1996) and Josh Beckett (2001)... His 37 home runs between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha were the 2nd most in minor league baseball, 1 shy of 26-year-old Darin Ruf, who hit 38 for Double-A Reading (Phillies)…his 313 total bases led all minor leaguers and his 109 RBI ranked 4th...his .987 OPS was 5th among full-season minor leaguers…he was one of six minor leaguers with a .600 or better slugging pct... According to Baseball America, became one of 10 minor leaguers in the past 50 years to hit 35 or more home runs above Class-A before turning 22…only two others matched or exceeded his 37 HR: Arlo Engel (41 for Double-A El Paso in 1963) and Paul Konerko (37 for Triple-A Albuquerque in 1997)…his 37 HR were 29 more than he hit in 2011 and 23 more than he had ever hit in any of his previous three minor league seasons... Made a total of 83 starts in CF, 18 in RF and 15 at 3B... Was the second-youngest regular in the Pacific Coast League, trailing only Seattle shortstop prospect Nick Franklin (who was transferred from Double-A Jackson to Triple-A Tacoma on June 20)... Collected 2 hits and drove in 3 runs for the U.S. squad at the Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8, his second straight Futures Game appearance…three days later was selected the "Star of Stars" for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording 2 hits, including a double, with 1 RBI.