Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Kody Kirkland Report

Kody Kirkland, 3B, Detroit Tigers
Drafted 30th Round, 2001 Draft, JC of Southern Idaho
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'4", 200 lbs

Came into the year with a career line on .304/.383/.457 in 411 at bats. In 496 at bats this season, he hit .236/.276/.401 with only 15 walks and 149 strikeouts. That's a complete meltdown, especially in plate discipline. He did pound out 51 extra-base hits, but that isn't going to redeem him if he keeps going up there hacking at anything round and white with no regards as to whether he can actually hit it or not.

How does this happen? He wasn't exactly a David Wright kind of 3B prospect coming into the season. This is the kind of season that can take you completely off the prospect lists. He should take notes from fellow Tigers farmhand, Curtis Granderson, who improved his plate discipline and had his best season since college, and is now firmly planted on the prospect lists.

ETA: 2008
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