The pressure was on Wil Myers from his first day with the Rays, maybe even before that.

Tampa Bay parted ways with James Shields, an ace and staff leader, to acquire Myers last offseason. Fellow top prospect Chris Archer publicly anointed Myers "the future" the day they met. Even Triple-A Durham named a section of its ballpark after him: WilVille.

But the 22-year-old slugger still managed to live up to the enormous expectations, and he officially capped his impressive debut Monday night by winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

Myers finished ahead of Archer and Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias in the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting to become Tampa Bay's third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six years, joining Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2011).

This is Myers' third major award this offseason, as he was previously named the AL's top rookie by the Sporting News and in the Players Choice Awards.

Acquired last winter from the Royals along with three other prospects in exchange for Shields and Wade Davis, Myers became the first player to lead AL rookies in RBIs in fewer than 90 games since Detroit's Hoot Evers did so in 1946. He also paced AL rookies in doubles (23), extra-base hits (36) and OPS (.831), recording an overall batting line of .293/.354/.478 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs.

The Rays were 36-33 on June 16 after losing to Davis and the Royals. Later that evening, they announced that Myers would be called up from Durham for a doubleheader at Fenway Park two days later. Myers quickly became a regular presence in the heart of Tampa Bay's order, and the Rays went 56-38 after his arrival.

The idea of Myers captured Rays' fans attention long before he stepped foot in the batter's box, as he seemed destined to spend the next seven years alongside Longoria in the middle of the lineup. Tampa Bay hadn't had a prospect with so much promise as a hitter since Longoria, in fact. Fans wanted Myers on the Opening Day roster, and every time a hitter slumped in the Majors, they called for Myers to replace him.