Royals prospect Wil Myers named the winner of the 53rd annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year. Myers becomes the third Royal to win the Spink Award, joining Johnny Damon (1995) and Alex Gordon (2006).
“I am honored to win this prestigious award from Topps and Minor League Baseball,” Myers said. “To join a list with great players such as Johnny Damon and Alex Gordon is extremely humbling for me.”
This is the third national award for the 21-year old outfielder, who was named Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA TODAY on September 4. He is the third player to earn all three honors in the same season, joining Andruw Jones (1996) and Josh Beckett (2001).
The Royals’ third round selection in 2009 had two hits and drove in three runs for the U.S. squad at the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8 and then three days later was selected the “Star of Stars” for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game after recording two hits, including a double, with an RBI and a run scored. He was named to the 12-member all Pacific Coast League squad on August 27.