Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Kila Kaaihue Report

Kila Kaaihue, 1B, Kansas City Royals
Drafted 438th Overall (15th rd), 2002 Draft, HS, Honolulu, HI
Bats L/Throws R
20 YO, 6'3", 210 lbs

He's still a relative unknown, but with a few more singles here and there, he'd be a well known prospect. He hit .246/.361/.431 for Burlington of the Midwest League with 64 walks and 98 K's in 390 at bats. He swatted 40 extra base hits. All that was deficient in his game was his batting average. Batting average is something that he's had issues with from the time that he was drafted, as he had a .243 career average coming into the season with 534 at bats. His power is improved though as his 2004 isolated slugging percentage was 66 points higher than his career numbers coming into the season. And his plate discipline is remarkable.

His defense is marginal, and his speed is already seriously deficient. I think he'll be alright with the bat and will lead him to the major leagues. He's an interesting test case for hitters with great plate discipline and marginal contact abilities.

ETA: 2008
3 Stars

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