Wil Myers played a career-high 157 games, after two injury-plagued seasons in 2014 and 2015 when he logged just 147 games combined, and the results were better than perhaps anyone could have imagined. Narrowly missing the 30-homer, 30-steal club, and falling just short of 100 runs scored and 100 RBI, Myers was a profitable piece for fantasy owners in 2016, while serving as the Padres' best offensive player. Of some concern, however, is that he faded in the second half. Myers hit 19 of his 28 homers in his first 87 games, while hitting nine in his last 70 contests, and his strikeout rate jumped from 20.6 percent in the first half to 27.6 percent in the second half, while his OPS fell from .873 to .697. Overall, Myers displayed improved skills in many facets, using the opposite field more frequently, and posting a career-low 8.0 percent swinging-strike rate that bodes well for his chances of maintaining something more in line with his first-half strikeout rate going forward, and the Padres' aggressive tendencies on the basepaths seem unlikely to change this season.
Myers went 1-for-6 with a three-run, game-winning home run in the 12th inning to help beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday. It was Myers' second home run in as many days, and he now has seven on the season to go with a .310 average and 20 RBI in 117 plate appearances. While his fantasy owners aren't too happy that he's stolen only two bases, they aren't complaining about anything else. Myers is showing that his breakout 2016 was no fluke, at least in the power department.
Myers led the Padres' offense Saturday with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate. He hit his sixth home run, drove in three, stole his second base and scored twice in a 12-4 win over the Giants. The slugging first baseman continued his torrid April, smashing a 433-foot homer that capped off an eight-run sixth inning for the Friars. Myers hasn't been able to replicate the 28-steal pace he set in 2016, but he is proving that last year's power surge was no fluke. If the 26-year-old can stay healthy and avoid a second-half slump like he experienced last year, he could be in for a monster season.
Myers went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks. It was Myers' fifth home run of the season, and his breakout 2016 has continued in the early going of 2017. The Friars' first baseman now has a .345/.364/.631 slash line with 14 RBI in 84 at-bats. While he's only stolen one base and is unlikely to match his 28 swipes from last year, his owners certainly aren't complaining.
Myers went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks. The slugger continues to impress early in the season, leading the majors with 25 hits and eight multi-hit performances. The power has been as advertised, but last year's 28-steal speed hasn't showed up. In fact, he has been caught stealing on his only two attempts so far. Myers had an 82-percent success rate on steal attempts last season, so the speed wasn't fluky and may still arrive. Even if it doesn't, owners have to be pleased with their returns from the 26-year-old early this season.
Myers went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's victory over the Diamondbacks. The 26-year-old is off to a scorching start at the plate, as he now holds an 11-game hit streak. Although the was just his first extra-base hit since April 15, Myers still holds a 1.073 OPS thanks to a .373 batting average and four home runs on the campaign.
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