Might seem wild and wacky, but Wil Myers from Wesleyan is in the Top 12 for the MLB Draft: Ackley/White too

Posted by Andy Durham on June 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm under High School | 6 Comments to Read

The Major League Baseball draft gets under way tonight at 6pm on the MLB Network and watch out for Wil Myers from High Point Wesleyan as mlb.com has him in the Top 12 picks(Kansas City Royals) and they also have Dustin Ackley(/North Forsyth/North Carolina) and Alex White(CB Aycock/North Carolina) in the Top 10…….

If Wil Myers goes that high wouldn’t that be something????? The kid is from a private school at HPW and we just saw him hit 3 home runs in one game this year versus Grimsley…..

Good Luck to Wil Myers and again, the draft gets rolling tonight at 6pm.

Here are the latest projections from www.mlb.com

First round
1. Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
Was, is and will continue to be the top guy.

2. Seattle Mariners: Dustin Ackley, 1B/OF, North Carolina
Signability seems to be an issue, but it’s looking like the Mariners will still pull the trigger. If not, Aaron Crow likely remains the next in line, with Tyler Matzek a possibility.

3. San Diego Padres: Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS, Ga.
I’d hesitated to go this route before because, frankly, I didn’t believe the Padres would take the leap. But everything I’m hearing now leans toward them going away from their old playbook and taking perhaps the best high-upside athlete in the Draft class.
Last week’s projection: Mike Minor

4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats
They’d still love to consider Ackley here and other arms in the mix could be Alex White on the college side, Zack Wheeler and Matt Hobgood on the high school end. A pair of college bats remain in the picture: Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez and USC shortstop Grant Green.

5. Baltimore Orioles: Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
Wheeler still seems like the way to go, with a host of other arms like White, Hobgood and Minor being mentioned here or there.

6. San Francisco Giants: Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
There was some word that Matzek might drop down a few spots, and if Ackley falls because of signability, this might be a good spot for him, but there wasn’t enough to change the pick.

7. Atlanta Braves: Alex White, RHP, University of North Carolina
In this scenario, it might come down to a pair of college arms, White and Minor. Not that one start would make a decision, but White’s outstanding Super Regional outing over the weekend certainly didn’t hurt. Needless to say, Wheeler’s the guy if he’s still available.

8. Cincinnati Reds: Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
The Reds would still love for Matzek to get to them, at least so they could discuss it. White would be possible if he gets past Atlanta. Arizona State’s Mike Leake remains in the mix, as does high right-hander Jacob Turner.
Last week’s projection: Leake

9. Detroit Tigers: Matthew Purke, LHP, Klein HS, Texas
The Tigers take the best player on their board, period, in most years. Late word was that it would be Purke, the talented high school southpaw with a reported big price tag. Turner is still in the mix, as is Scheppers.
Last week’s projection: Turner

10. Washington Nationals: Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford
There was a rumor circulating that the Nats had a done deal with Kenesaw State right-hander Chad Jenkins, but there wasn’t enough to make the change from the Stanford closer. Jenkins and Storen both worked out in D.C. last week, so both are very much still in the mix.

11. Colorado Rockies: Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State
Many arms have been mentioned in this spot as it seems like the Rockies will go after pitching. They’d prefer the college variety, it seems, and would likely consider Minor or White should they get this far. The last projection, Rex Brothers, remains a possibility, but Leake seems like a good bet here.
Last week’s projection: Brothers

12. Kansas City Royals: Wil Myers, C, Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C.
The Royals would be interested if the college arms listed above — White, Minor, Leake — got to them at No. 12, but in this scenario, they’d have to look elsewhere. College bats like Green and Sanchez still will be discussed, but they really like what they’ve seen from Myers, a strong high school hitter who’s shown some ability to stay behind the plate.


  • Robert Jones said,

    No way will that happen! The draft is hard to figure, but the local baseball groupies for years try to pump up a local in the draft or at least a player with local ties—-Just compare Myers to Mitch Atkins @ the same point and there is no comparison—Myers might get drafted in the 1st 30 rounds, but it’s very doubtful. Remember Travis Moore, a fine HS player from here—I remember the day of the draft several years ago one of the local baseball gurus was predicting his draft status as being 15th round or better. Well, we all now that he never got drafted! There are many others with the same hype and they either never were drafted, were drafted much later than people predicted, or gave pro ball a try and found it wasn’t the game they thought it was. A wise old sage once told me that there are only exceptions who make it t the show if they aren’t drafted early. Baseball is just like any other business that will protect it’s investments–so, remember where the mony is that neds protecting—first couple of rounds is where it’s at. I say to all of them, follow the dream but do not give up a college education for 4+ years to chase the dream. Go to college and give it a shot after 3 years if the fire still burns in your belly and you have a chance to play even @ a low minor league level.

  • thoughts said,

    well usually, when you get drafted, most players will work into there contract that if they don’t make the show that their team will pay for them to go to college when they retire. That is a common thing now I believe.

  • mark said,

    Myers went early in the third round to the Royals – #91 overall

    Congrats to him and his family

  • reggie said,

    Once again Robert, you’re wrong. Myers at 91st overall and 3rd round. Congratulations to Will and his family. College will be paid for if needed through contract. Thoughts is correct.

  • Robert Jones said,

    What do you mean, wrong again?

  • bbfan said,

    Robert when a team pays you to scout for them, your opinion might matter when it comes to determining talent in this area. Have you ever seen Myers play? You thought it was doubtful he would get drafted in 1-30..that shows how good you are at judging talent. He went in round 3. If you read the paper, he turned down 7 figure money in round one to be drafted by the Royals..This one is far from over..