mgblues wrote:What do you guys think of Howie Kendrick? He is an outfielder with the Angels AAA team & CBS is saying he is the bomb. They say that he should be picked up immediately because next week will be too late. Does anyone know anything about him?
First of all, Kendrick isn't an OF'er unless he's changed positions VERY recently (as in since about a month ago) - he's a second baseman. He's a very good young hitter...not nearly the same power as Vlad but the same approach - hit everything and hit it hard. He doesn't walk much nor does he strike out much and he hits for an insane average at every level so far other than the majors - usually in the mid to high .300's (even going over .400 this year at AAA I believe).
Long term he has the potential to compete for batting titles. His overall value will depend on whether his power develops into the mid teens or into the low to mid 20's (or even higher). But he's got outstanding contact hitting ability and a great gap power even at this point.