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PECOTA sees Kila dominating in 2011

They essentially have him performing at the offensive level he ended up at in 2010 (after he got over his initial slump).

It would be interesting to see how Kila's numbers from last season improve when you progressively disregard the stats for each of the first 15 or 20 or so games.

Anyway, here's what Baseball Prospectus has to say about the prospect of Kila being "the next Jose Bautista":

Kila Ka'aihue, 1B/DH Royals

Season

Age

PA

TAv

AVG

OBP

SLG

HR

2010

26

206

.254

.217

.307

.394

8

2011

27

567

.302

.262

.387

.473

25

Top Three Comps: Nick Johnson, Joey Votto, Adrian Gonzalez
Last year the Kila Monster finally was able to parlay his .285/.424/.521 (!) career line at Triple-A into some significant big-league playing time, but he was unable to establish himself as a key part of the Royals’ future. Just as Dan Johnson was often viewed as a placeholder for future superstar Daric Barton (!), Ka’aihue will soon be crowded by the likes of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, so this season is his last and best chance to avoid being marked with the dreaded “Quadruple-A Player” brand.
Why him? Look at those comps! Johnson, of course, never developed much power and has become a one-man Medical Mystery Tour, but when PECOTA looks you up and down and pictures Votto and A-Gonz, it’s clear that there’s something to be said about the cut of your jib. Moreover, while BP readers already know all about Ka’aihue, his Kansas City address, Hawaiian background, and glottal stop will make his breakout seem even more mysterious and unexpected to the general baseball public.
Why not him? “Aloha” means both hello and goodbye, and the Royals haven’t shown that they’re much willing to let Ka’aihue play through any struggles before shipping him out to Omaha. A slow start may mean he’ll join Roberto Petagine, Erubiel Durazo, Calvin Pickering, et al., as sabermetric darlings that either never got enough chances or never made the most of them.

 

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=12891

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