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5 KANSAS CITY ROYALS
JOE POSNANSKI
April 05, 2010
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April 05, 2010

5 Kansas City Royals

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Last year 35-year-old catcher Jason Kendall had a .241 average, .331 OBP and .305 slugging percentage for the Brewers while throwing out just one in five base stealers, and even his mediocre OBP was inflated by batting in front of the pitcher most of the time. It was his third straight lousy season at the plate. But that didn't stop Kansas City from giving him a two-year, $6 million contract in December. It would be money down the drain, but the Royals should distance themselves from their mistake by giving switch-hitting Brayan Peña most of the playing time behind the plate. Peña slugged .442 in part-time play last year while throwing out 35% of base stealers. He is a career .308 hitter at Triple A with a mature approach at the plate: he has nearly as many walks as strikeouts in five seasons. Peña is better than Kendall, plain and simple.

The Lineup

WITH 2009 STATISTICS

Manager Trey Hillman

3RD SEASON WITH ROYALS

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

New acquisition

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