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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .240 10 30 33 0 .280 0.8
Birth Date3-29-1984
Height6' 4"
Weight235 lbs
Age30 years, 6 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.42010
-0.22011
-0.12012
2013
0.82014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 KCA 24 12 24 21 4 6 0 0 1 9 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .278 0.8 0.0 0.1
2010 KCA 26 52 206 180 22 39 6 1 8 71 24 39 0 1 1 25 0 1 .217 .307 .394 .234 -4.3 0.1 -0.4
2011 KCA 27 23 96 82 6 16 4 0 2 26 12 26 0 1 1 6 0 0 .195 .295 .317 .228 -1.1 -0.7 -0.2
2012 OAK 28 39 139 128 13 30 9 0 4 51 10 28 1 0 0 14 1 0 .234 .295 .398 .248 -0.5 -0.8 -0.1
Career12646541145911911515749951224611.221.305.382.239-5.2-1.4-0.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 BUR A 114 482 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUR A 125 470 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HDS A+ 132 605 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 WIC AA 103 395 .224 .269 .348 .426 .270 .233 106 -12.2 9.1 -5.8 0.8 -0.9 -13.2 -1.3 -13.2 -1.3
2007 WIL A+ 60 253 .284 .259 .339 .386 .255 .269 96 6.9 7.8 -5 3.2 0.4 10.7 1.3 10.7 1.3
2007 WIC AA 70 288 .281 .262 .338 .402 .260 .249 105 6.5 8.4 -5.4 -0.6 -2.2 7.7 0.7 7.7 0.7
2008 KCA MLB 12 24 .278 .266 .325 .427 .258 .278 102 0.5 0.7 -0.4 0.0 0.3 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2008 NWA AA 91 376 .384 .273 .347 .414 .281 .291 89 51.5 11.1 -7.1 -5.2 -0.4 56.1 5.1 56.1 5.1
2008 OMA AAA 33 139 .350 .273 .345 .440 .256 .325 104 14.2 4.3 -2.7 1.4 0.5 16.8 1.8 16.8 1.8
2009 OMA AAA 131 555 .316 .265 .334 .406 .272 .276 86 33.3 16.1 -10.3 -5.8 -2.0 42.3 3.6 42.3 3.6
2010 KCA MLB 52 206 .234 .261 .326 .406 .256 .231 110 -5.5 5.7 -3.6 0.1 0.3 -4.3 -0.4 -4.3 -0.4
2010 OMA AAA 94 416 .362 .279 .347 .438 .266 .342 99 47.8 12.6 -8.1 0.8 0.4 52.4 5.1 52.4 5.1
2011 KCA MLB 23 96 .228 .257 .321 .401 .261 .255 113 -3 2.6 -1.7 -0.7 0.7 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2011 OMA AAA 95 388 .282 .283 .351 .447 .266 .325 98 10.1 12.0 -7.7 -3.6 -0.6 13.2 0.9 13.2 0.9
2012 OAK MLB 39 139 .248 .251 .314 .408 .258 .271 95 -1.6 3.8 -2.4 -0.8 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2012 SAC AAA 66 305 .299 .277 .343 .433 .269 .273 92 13.4 9.1 -5.3 0.5 1.8 18.2 1.9 18.2 1.9
2013 RNO AAA 53 235 .339 .272 .341 .417 .269 .319 113 19.6 6.6 -4.2 1.7 -2.2 21.7 2.4 21.7 2.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 BUR A 482 53 94 21 1 11 63 67 87 1 3 .238 .355 .380 .142 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUR A 470 57 96 23 2 15 62 64 98 1 0 .246 .361 .431 .185 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HDS A+ 605 84 150 31 2 20 90 97 97 2 1 .304 .430 .497 .193 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 WIC AA 395 40 65 15 0 6 45 49 73 0 1 .199 .306 .300 .101 .224 -13.2 0.8 -1.3
2007 WIL A+ 253 28 52 8 0 9 42 35 38 1 0 .251 .370 .420 .169 .284 10.7 3.2 1.3
2007 WIC AA 288 37 60 13 0 12 40 41 40 0 0 .246 .358 .447 .201 .281 7.7 -0.6 0.7
2008 KCA MLB 24 4 6 0 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .143 .278 0.8 0.0 0.1
2008 OMA AAA 139 27 36 4 0 11 21 24 26 0 0 .316 .439 .640 .325 .350 16.8 1.4 1.8
2008 NWA AA 376 64 90 11 0 26 79 80 41 3 2 .314 .469 .624 .310 .384 56.1 -5.2 5.1
2009 OMA AAA 555 83 111 27 1 17 57 102 85 0 1 .252 .396 .433 .181 .316 42.3 -5.8 3.6
2010 KCA MLB 206 22 39 6 1 8 25 24 39 0 1 .217 .307 .394 .178 .234 -4.3 0.1 -0.4
2010 OMA AAA 416 67 103 16 1 24 78 88 69 2 0 .319 .465 .598 .279 .362 52.4 0.8 5.1
2011 OMA AAA 388 43 88 19 0 11 65 57 81 1 1 .272 .379 .433 .161 .282 13.2 -3.6 0.9
2011 KCA MLB 96 6 16 4 0 2 6 12 26 0 0 .195 .295 .317 .122 .228 -1.1 -0.7 -0.2
2012 OAK MLB 139 13 30 9 0 4 14 10 28 1 0 .234 .295 .398 .164 .248 -0.5 -0.8 -0.1
2012 SAC AAA 305 44 65 16 0 15 52 44 60 1 1 .256 .367 .496 .240 .299 18.2 0.5 1.9
2013 RNO AAA 235 38 60 9 1 16 50 38 41 0 1 .312 .426 .620 .307 .339 21.7 1.7 2.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 100 0.5800 0.5100 0.8627 0.6379 0.3333 0.8919 0.7857 0.1373
2010 856 0.4895 0.3914 0.8030 0.5561 0.2334 0.8927 0.5980 0.1970
2011 371 0.5094 0.3854 0.7343 0.5450 0.2198 0.8544 0.4250 0.2657
2012 534 0.5318 0.3745 0.8050 0.5458 0.1800 0.8774 0.5556 0.1950
Career18610.51050.39170.79310.55530.22070.88060.56140.2069

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-12 2012-05-15 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2006-04-05 2006-04-13 Minors 8 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 ARI $
2012 OAK $482,500
2011 KCA $419,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$901,500
2 yrTotal$901,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 48 dPSI Sports1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 11/17/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 6/3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4825M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12. DFA by Oakland 6/6/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/16/12.
  • 1 year/$0.419M (2011). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/11. Acquired by Oakland in trade 9/27/11 after being DFA by Kansas City 9/21/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/25/10. Optioned to Triple-A 3/31/10. Recalled 5/4/10. Optioned to Triple-A 5/17/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/25/09 (split contract, $65,000 in minors). Optioned to Triple-A 3/21/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Kansas City 9/1/08.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2002 (15-438) (Nebraska).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 514 74 119 24 1 23 75 82 105 1 1 .278 .394 .503 .321 36.3 1B -2, LF 0 3.7
80o 492 68 109 22 1 21 69 75 103 1 0 .264 .377 .477 .307 28.1 1B -2, LF 0 2.9
70o 476 64 101 20 1 20 65 70 102 1 0 .254 .364 .458 .296 22.5 1B -2, LF 0 2.3
60o 463 60 96 19 1 19 61 66 100 1 0 .245 .354 .443 .288 18.0 1B -2, LF 0 1.8
50o 450 57 91 18 1 18 58 62 99 1 0 .237 .344 .428 .280 14.0 1B -2, LF 0 1.3
40o 437 54 86 17 1 17 55 59 98 1 0 .229 .334 .413 .272 10.3 1B -2, LF 0 0.9
30o 424 51 81 16 1 16 52 55 96 1 0 .221 .323 .398 .263 6.4 1B -2, LF 0 0.5
20o 408 47 75 15 1 15 48 51 95 1 0 .211 .311 .380 .253 2.2 1B -1, LF 0 0.1
10o 386 42 66 13 1 13 43 46 92 0 0 .198 .293 .356 .239 -3.1 1B -1, LF 0 -0.5
Weighted Mean456589319118596410010.241.348.435.28415.91B -2, LF 01.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 14% 7% 14% 37%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015312503449100103234570.227.335.414.2742.120.50.1-3.114.98.6-1.0
201632544721062111966731240.228.333.400.2691.213.60.2-6.914.95.3-2.2
201733609801172312173811440.224.329.392.2650.910.30.3-7.914.93.0-2.5
201834626801182212173821440.219.322.382.2580.46.00.3-8.314.9-1.0-2.5
201935621811212312174801380.226.327.390.2640.79.00.3-8.414.92.1-2.5
202036629811222212173811400.224.325.382.2610.57.10.3-8.714.90.5-2.5
202137602781192212172771320.230.329.394.2660.910.30.3-8.514.93.6-2.4
202238600751162011867731320.223.320.371.2550.13.50.3-8.614.9-3.2-2.4
202339637771192111969771460.215.312.356.248-0.4-1.10.3-9.114.9-7.3-2.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 71)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Juan Miranda 2013 .000 DNP
2 85 Jason Botts 2011 .000 DNP
3 83 Jeff Larish 2013 .000 DNP
4 83 Steve Pearce 2013 .301
5 80 Paul McAnulty 2011 .000 DNP
6 80 Jeff Bailey 2009 .246
7 79 Ryan Shealy 2010 .030
8 79 Jake Fox 2013 .000 DNP
9 77 Bryan LaHair 2013 .000 DNP
10 77 Brad Nelson 2013 .000 DNP
11 76 Micah Hoffpauir 2010 .153
12 75 Garrett Jones 2011 .274
13 75 Brandon Boggs 2013 .000 DNP
14 75 Michael Morse 2012 .273
15 74 Shelley Duncan 2010 .258
16 74 Brian Stavisky 2011 .000 DNP
17 74 Josh Fields 2013 .000 DNP
18 74 Chris Shelton 2010 .000 DNP
19 74 Todd Linden 2010 .000 DNP
20 74 Daniel Nava 2013 .309
21 73 Luis Antonio Jimenez 2012 .069
22 72 Chip Ambres 2010 .000 DNP
23 72 Jon Knott 2009 .000 DNP
24 72 Mike Wilson 2013 .000 DNP
25 72 Bobby Scales 2008 .000 DNP
26 72 Andy Phillips 2007 .256
27 72 Nate Gold 2010 .000 DNP
28 72 Chris Duncan 2011 .000 DNP
29 71 Valentino Pascucci 2009 .000 DNP
30 71 Alex Escobar 2009 .000 DNP
31 71 Matt Watson 2009 .000 DNP
32 71 George Kottaras 2013 .265
33 71 Tagg Bozied 2010 .000 DNP
34 70 Scott Thorman 2012 .000 DNP
35 70 Lyle Overbay 2007 .244
36 70 Marcus Thames 2007 .257
37 70 Kevin Youkilis 2009 .316
38 70 Luke Scott 2008 .278
39 70 Pete Laforest 2008 .000 DNP
40 70 Jason Dubois 2009 .000 DNP
41 70 Chris Dickerson 2012 .347
42 70 David Cook 2012 .000 DNP
43 69 Prentice Redman 2010 .000 DNP
44 69 Adam Heether 2012 .000 DNP
45 69 Drew Sutton 2013 .000 DNP
46 69 Michael Aubrey 2012 .000 DNP
47 69 Barbaro Canizares 2010 .000 DNP
48 69 Terrmel Sledge 2007 .241
49 69 Ryan Garko 2011 .000 DNP
50 69 Nick Stavinoha 2012 .000 DNP
51 69 Jerad Head 2013 .000 DNP
52 69 Jeff Fiorentino 2013 .000 DNP
53 68 Justin Ruggiano 2012 .322
54 68 Joe Koshansky 2012 .000 DNP
55 68 Chris Aguila 2009 .000 DNP
56 68 Josh Phelps 2008 .239
57 68 Wily Mo Pena 2012 .000 DNP
58 68 Eric Patterson 2013 .000 DNP
59 68 Josh Willingham 2009 .304
60 68 Ryan Church 2009 .259
61 68 Trent Oeltjen 2013 .000 DNP
62 68 Chris Gimenez 2013 .334
63 68 Jason Giambi 2001 .381
64 68 Edwin Encarnacion 2013 .319
65 68 Mark Minicozzi 2013 .000 DNP
66 68 Todd Helton 2004 .333
67 68 John Rodriguez 2008 .000 DNP
68 68 Andre Thornton 1980 .000 DNP
69 68 Norm Cash 1965 .328
70 68 Jeff Salazar 2011 .000 DNP
71 67 Randy Ruiz 2008 .268
72 67 Tug Hulett 2013 .000 DNP
73 67 John-Ford Griffin 2010 .000 DNP
74 67 Michel Abreu 2009 .000 DNP
75 67 Seth Smith 2013 .265
76 67 Mike Hollimon 2012 .000 DNP
77 67 Hector Gimenez 2013 .254
78 67 Justin Leone 2007 .000 DNP
79 67 Brett Carroll 2013 .000 DNP
80 67 Nick Johnson 2009 .298
81 67 Jack Clark 1986 .288
82 67 Oscar Gamble 1980 .340
83 67 Donnie Murphy 2013 .290
84 67 Ryan Roberts 2011 .283
85 67 Ryan Raburn 2011 .257
86 67 Jack Hannahan 2010 .000 DNP
87 67 Laynce Nix 2011 .282
88 67 Dee Brown 2008 .000 DNP
89 67 Boog Powell 1972 .301
90 66 Matt Diaz 2008 .209
91 66 Tim Salmon 1999 .286
92 66 Fred Lewis 2011 .242
93 66 Kent Hrbek 1990 .295
94 66 Yurendell de Caster 2010 .000 DNP
95 66 Lou Montanez 2012 .000 DNP
96 66 Bob Allison 1965 .293
97 66 Don Mincher 1968 .268
98 66 Ryan Langerhans 2010 .275
99 66 Kendrys Morales 2013 .290
100 66 Ben Broussard 2007 .259

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The quintessential minor-league thumper who wears a Quadruple-A label on his back, the elder of the Hawaiian Ka'aihue brothers was seemingly a perfect fit for Oakland, following in the footsteps of fellow under-appreciated take-and-rake batsmen. But then Ka'aihue reminded us that scouts can often see through the numbers, as his power failed to show up at the highest level, where mistake pitches seem to evaporate into thin air, and those hitters who fail to adjust end up hooked on Dramamine to keep from getting sick of the bus leagues. At 29 years old, Ka'aihue is running out of prime-age at bats, with a dwindling opportunity to shed the label of 5 o'clock slugger.
2012 Acquired from the Royals for the great Ethan Hollingsworth, Kila Ka’aihue is not the answer to the A’s offensive prayers. Known more for his name and his ability to hit Triple-A pitching than his major league success, the soon-to-be 28 year-old is a classic Quad-A player who just might be able to show a little something at the highest level before he is exposed by more advanced pitching.
2011 The Ghostface Kila got his first real shot at the majors in August, and based on those two months of playing time, it's difficult to tell what kind of Ka'aihue will show up in 2011. He was as bad as one can get in August, hitting .167/.239/.274, but in September, things turned around completely: the Hawaiian mashed to the tune of a .274/.361/.548 line with six homers. Ka'aihue is clearly done with Triple-A after destroying the level for the second time in three years, so the Royals need to play him in the majors to see if he can establish himself as something more than a Quadruple-A threat. His exceptional plate patience has carried over into his big-league career, but given how few doubles he hits, his productivity is going to be based largely on how often he clears the fences.
2010 On October 30, 2008, Ka’aihue should have signed a 12-month lease on an apartment in Omaha. That was the day the Royals traded for Mike Jacobs, which was the equivalent of a vote of no-confidence in Ka’aihue, and that he would have to prove that his 2008 season was no fluke to get a crack at a major-league job. This was a tall order—no one can maintain a pace of hitting 2.5 times as many homers as doubles, and the season was unprecedented in Ka'aihue's career. So he did not repeat the feat, although he did top 100 walks for the second year in a row. The Royals desperately need a massive injection of players with Ka'aihue's selectivity, but they may not need him, as there's not a lot that suggests that he's going to hit with enough consistency for the walks to have value. The end of Jacobs' term with the Royals means an open spot at DH, but the big Hawaiian will have to fight his way past Guillen and Josh Fields for at-bats. He's on the same career path as Justin Huber, putting up good numbers in the Royals system without getting a shot or quite convincing anyone that he deserves one.
2009 Before last season, Ka'aihue was just a second-tier power prospect with strong walk rates and a funky name. (The apostrophe represents the glottal stop of spoken language used in his native Hawaii.) He wasn't even on the 40-man roster; like Aviles, anybody could have snagged him in the 2007 Rule 5 draft. Then Ka'aihue went tribal on the Texas League, and kept on hitting through Triple-A and up to The Show. He finished second amongst all Double- and Triple-A players in homers (37), first in OBP (.456), and second in slugging (.628), while leading the minors with 104 walks against just 67 strikeouts. While Ka'aihue should have gotten the chance to play in September, Hillman gave him only five starts, a poor reward for such a fine season. After the Jacobs trade, it appears that Ka'aihue will have to prove last year wasn't a fluke at Triple-A.
2006 The Royals have drafted a number of players out of Hawaii the past several years, but only Kaaihue has delivered the goods. Like most hitters in High Desert`s lineup, the jury is out on whether his offensive breakout was real or a park illusion. There`s no questioning his patience at the plate; he led the entire organization in walks. He`s set career highs in doubles and homers in every pro season, has no problems against southpaws (.366/.466/.552 last season), and he should start the year in Double-A at just 22. While you can`t have too much pitching, you can have too many first basemen. The sooner the Royals realize that and trade their excess, the better.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessChecking the Numbers: Some Royal PerspectiveEric Seidman2009-07-22
Prospectus Idol Entry: Kila Ka'aihueTim Kniker2009-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Ten PackKevin Goldstein2009-05-18


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