I like Kearns and think he is worth keeping, but play Wells, Dye and (possibly) Cruz ahead of him for now. If he breaks out this season, great, if not, well, no worries.
I always go with track record over potential. Teams (and, to be honest, fans, roto nerds, etc.) have a habit of building up players to be greater than they really are - or to expect young players to immediately reach their potential. It usually takes a year or two in the majors for players to figure things out, and until then they often will play inconsistently and struggle a bit. This holds especially true, it seems, for offensive players. It seems like pitchers are more likely to succeed when they are young.
It's great to have a Kearns on your team - so long as you're not relying on him. If he continues to put up the kind of numbers he did last year over the course of an entire season, then his stock will continue to rise.
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