Why is Kila Ka'aihue not in KC?

August 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm 3 comments

Kila Ka'aihue

The Kansas City Royals are sitting last in AL Central and they have the worst record in the American League to go with the second worst record in the entire majors. The Royals have the third worst on-base percentage in the majors (worst in AL) and they keep running Mike Jacobs out there with his impressive .307 OBP, no glove, and $3,275,000 salary. Oh, and they traded Leo Nunez (who makes league minimum and has pitched well in Florida) to get him. Why do I point this out? Because, the Royals have had Kila Ka’aihue sitting in their minor league system when he should be playing in Jacobs spot, out producing him for league minimum salary.

Kila Ka’aihue is no spring chicken. He turned 25 in March and is playing in Triple-A for a second time (but that can be blamed on Dayton Moore). In 2008, Kila Ka’aihue hit .314/.456/.628 with 37 homers and 104 walks against 67 strikeouts between Double-A and Triple-A.

This season hasn’t been as impressive but it has been productive. He is hitting .264/.400/.466 with 17 homers and 90 walks against 80 strikeouts. His OBP would easily rank first on the Royals and it would be 5th in the AL. Now, I’m not saying Kila Ka’aihue is a lock for a .400 OBP but what I am trying to say is that even if he produces a .365 OBP it would still rank first on the Royals and it would be for league minimum.

The Royals are a mess. They only have two players (Alberto Callaspo and Billy Butler) who qualify for the batting title that are playing at least league average on the offensive side of the ball. Kila Ka’aihue would be a breath of fresh air for the Royals but Dayton Moore apparently (pointing out the acquisitions of Jacobs, Miguel Olivo, Jose Guillen, Yuniskey Betancourt, and Willie Bloomquist) doesn’t think OBP is an important stat which makes me think he doesn’t think winning is an important thing. It’s time for Moore to re-think offensive philosophies and insert Kila Ka’aihue into KC’s lineup and take at-bats away from Jacobs.


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  • 1. Pat Cremin  |  August 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Dayton Moore seems to be absolutely impervious to any concept of evaluation of ballplayers other than his opinion from watching a few appearances. How else could he justify trading for Jacobs and Yuni, two ofthe game’s worst players by any Sabermetric gauge. He actually seems to be worse than Allard Baird was and is running this once great franchise into further disrepair.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 25, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    The sad part is that I actually thought Moore was going to be a very good GM. His signing of Guillen has been awful as well. At least his drafts have been decent.

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