The high K rate is expected. Even if Kemp has improved his pitch recognition, there will be times he looks lost at the plate. The reason why his power pace is down compared to the 25 HR projections most had is because Kemp is encouraged more to put the ball in play. He has a prodigious power stroke but cutting down on that stroke a bit could translate into cutting down on the K's a bit. Now, that hasn't quite computed.
That said, I think Torre is doing the right thing with Kemp in having him at the leadoff or two-hole, leadoff in the absence of Pierre. With Martin and Kent behind him, both of whom are hitting better, Kemp could see a few more select pitches, but again pitchers will try to be more deceptive in mixing their pitches, making Kemp lose focus at times. Kemp should be good enough to post 15-20 HR and swipe 30 bags.
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