The 23-year-old left fielder (out of Auburn) for the Royals' Single-A Kane County Cougars finished his first full season in 2011 with great offensive numbers:
.328/.386/.560 - 14HR, 31 doubles, and 112 hits in 376 PAs.
Part of me thinks "Wow, if he could just improve defensively over the next couple of years the guy could have the potential to be a great asset to the major league team."
Then another part of me thinks "Hey--how often do minor league outfielders at the age of 23 (who played several years in college) actually end up improving defensively?"
Then I realized I don't know the answer to that question, so I thought I'd, you know, post something about him here.
And his inability to take a walk could mean he'll never get above the AA level. The guy would be comparable to Kila if he had some BBs.
Sometimes I wonder if having the best farm system in the history of whatever causes us to overlook guys who might actually have a shot.