This maybe the article you keep reffering to.
]Jul. 9, 2006 - 7:09 p.m. ET
Matt Kemp went 0-for-4 on Sunday and is without a homer in his last 76 at-bats.
This after he homered seven times in his first 45 at-bats as a major leaguer. Teams are figuring out that Kemp struggles mightily against breaking balls, so it's possible that the 21-year-old will head back to the minors when either Jason Repko or Ricky Ledee comes off the DL.
And, again, that's not an article. That's a rotoworld blurb that usatoday took into their player notes.
A ton of this information is simply crap. Kemp's first game up he flailed at a few curve balls, and that immediately became the thing to say about him. Rather than rely on this info, it would be nice to look at something like Baseball Info Solutions data on performance versus different pitch types.
But, even without that, rather than rely on some goofball's random speculations or data from 150 ABs, look at Kemp's performance against real competition. I guarantee you that in the almost 1,700 plate appearances he has had against professional pitchers, he has seen his share of breaking balls. And, in those plate appearances, he's managed to hit over .300 with a slugging percentage over .500. Like almost every 22 year old, he has things to work on, but he also has clearly demonstrated a great ability to learn and improve. Like Markakis last year, he'd struggle for a month or two, but by the second half he'd be producing strong numbers.
The Dodgers will have him waste some time in AAA at the start of the season, but if they give him a shot, you should grab him.