A long season remains in front of us, but there are still plenty of well-worn topics to be beaten into the ground. Why not this one? I'd like to hear what people think Mark Teahen's future holds -- strictly as a hitter, not what position he should/will play, or whether he will/should be extended by the Royals.
I think it's fair to say that there is less overall optimism regarding Teahen's future as a hitter than there was a year ago. It is also true that much of this may be based on subjective impressions that don't stand up to scrutiny (the same could be said of more optimistic takes, of course).
I really don't have an opinion, at this point. I'm just confused (perhaps in denial). Teahen's impressive 2006 after his return from AAA got a lot of people understandably excited, but last year and the beginning of this year have left many wondering if he's just a groundball hitter with decent patience (although I remember someone making a Jim Edmonds comparison during last season). But even though it seems like Teahen has been around forever (probably just because there are so many other new faces on the Royals since he first came over in a trade), he's still relatively young.
I hope that people will give their thoughts here. My own preference is for the more "objective" statistical approach, but it would be interesting to hear from a variety of perspectives. I'm hoping people will be bold, taking stances and making fairly concrete predictions (at least within reason). It's not like I'm going to dig this stuff up is a couple of years and say "Hey, you, you were WRONG!"
Let's hear it: how do people think Mark Teahen will develop as a hitter (apart from what position he plays, and what team he is on), and why?