SpecialFNK wrote:one of my first questions when I heard this was, why now. why waste a year of eligibility when the team isn't that good. I haven't been checking the standings, but the Royals are 17-14 and only 4 games back of Cleveland.. and both Minnesota and Chicago are 9 and 10.5 games back. could the Royals actually have a chance at winning this division THIS year?
You need to clarify what you mean by losing a year of eligibility because I'm not sure you know.
This does not in any way change when he'll become a FA. They would have to wait until May 2012 to delay his FA by one additional year. but by calling him up now under the assumption that he doesn't get sent back down then he will gain super 2 arb status which will allow him to go to arb one year early (4 times total). So the impact of calling him up right now is that the Royals might have to pay him 4-6M/yr (if he's a star) for the 2014 season. Yes it might end up being significant money but I think these shenanigans that teams play (delaying callups) end up costing the team in the long run. And it's possible that the Royals have a Longoria type contract in the works which reduces the issue to nothing. Or it's also rumored that there are going to be significant changes in the CBA which completely change this super 2 thing.
As far as what to expect. I have no idea. He's a great hitting prospect and he does have a lot of power despite his SSS this year (seriously neato?). but he's also 21 with limited AA/AAA experience. I expect him to have a rather lackluster year. Maybe he does imitate Braun but Braun was also from a major college program and entered the majors at 23. But I missed him in my league by 30 minutes and need him since it's deep and I've been starting the likes Dejesus, Parra, JD and Valencia in the league.