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Kevin Kouzmanoff can effing hit

September 11th, 2008 by Melvin

Sacrificial LinksJohn Sickels at Minor League Ball takes a look back at Kevin Kouzmanoff as a prospect.

I enjoy these retrospectives of MLB players when they were just prospects. Reminds me that all players at one point were guys I’d never heard of. There’s a point in there somewhere.

He was unstoppable when healthy however, hitting .389/449/660 for Double-A Akron and .353/.409/.647 for Triple-A Buffalo.

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I gave him the coveted Josh Willingham Award, annually awarded to the minor league player whose bat I am most comfortable swearing about. He can f**king hit.

That year of Kouz’s still blows me out of the water. As I recall his was near the top overall line in all of the minor leagues.

Too bad about his discipline this year, 20 walks in 600 plate appearances for a .304 OBP is definitely not optimal. I think with the weak third base market this offseason, and Chase Headley just hanging around and trying to look busy, this is the time to trade Kouz. Though a 120 OPS+ season or two from the Mashin Macedonian wouldn’t surprise me.

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8 Responses to “Kevin Kouzmanoff can effing hit”

  1. Ray Lankford says:

    What seals the deal with Kouzmanoff, for me, is how unspectacular he is on the road. He’s not bad, but when the best he can muster away from Petco is an O.P.S. of .823, I see nothing that leads me to believe that he’ll be able to put it together in San Diego.

    And, on top of that, it’s still possible for him to end the season with an O.B.P. below .300.

  2. wrveres says:

    I see nothing that leads me to believe that he’ll be able to put it together in San Diego.

    ____

    It is way to early to be giving up on the Him. For one, as duly noted above, the guy can fricking hit, two, his costs can be controlled for three more years, maybe longer, three no prospect that we would get back for him, is a sure thing. Kouz is a sure thing.

    four .. the guy can fricking hit!

    if you still want to trade him in two years, I’ll listen to the argument, until then I find it all silly. I do

  3. Mainly what makes me want to trade Kouz is that we have two third basemen. It will be easier finding some pop in a left fielder rather than, say, a catcher or second baseman.

  4. Ray Lankford says:

    He could hit in the minors. Since making the big leagues, he has been less than spectacular.

    He wouldn’t be the first player to kill in the minors that didn’t put it together in the majors.

  5. I know you can’t be talking about someone like Burroughs, the difference between he and Kouz is astounding.

    Burroughs’ best year in AA or AAA:
    .322 .381 .467

    Kouz’s best year in AA or AAA:
    .379 .437 .656

    (not adjusted for park / league)

    There are guys who disappoint in the bigs after hitting well in the minors, but it has to be pretty rare for that to happen from a guy with a record as nutso as Kouz’s.

  6. wrveres says:

    Kouzmanoff is going to be 27 next year. Now is not the time to trade him if you believe in such things. After he has his career year next season, then maybe i can see it.

    The problem with this team is not two third basemen, they are doing the job just fine. The problem is up the middle. C, 2B and Short. Inconstancy in those three areas are a big reason why the padres are watching this winter.

    I understand the argument for trading Kouz to patch those holes, but i think it can be done more effectively through either free agency or trading lesser in house prospects.

  7. wrveres says:

    for the record. Chase Headley isn’t exactly setting the world on fire here. The knock going into this season on Kouz was his defense at third, and that has greatly improved. Now its his base on balls i guess, but like I said .. its not like Headley is forcing the issue here, you know?

  8. R. Lankford says:

    “There are guys who disappoint in the bigs after hitting well in the minors, but it has to be pretty rare for that to happen from a guy with a record as nutso as Kouz’s.”

    And yet here we are.

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