Jeff Kent has steadily declined the last few years in Houston. That fact has been disguised somewhat because Minute Maid seriously favours right handed power hitters.
Just how much is shown by his splits the last 2 seasons playing for the Astros.
At home his average is .312
Away his average falls to .276
At home in 2003 and 2004 his OPS was .920
Away over the same period his OPS fell almost 100 points to a little over .820
Left handers have it much harder there. Possibly why there is no only left handed hitters in the Astros lineup. Carlos Beltran hit just .224 and had an OPS of barely .780 while hitting there in 2004 (the majority of these AB's as a switch hitting leftie).
So moving now to Dodger Stadium where he is only a .250 career hitter, will no longer hide his steady recent decline. He turns 37 next month, his 2005 numbers will be average at best.
He is possibly recognised as the No. 1 and almost definitely at least the No. 2 power hitter in a very scarce 2B position. For this reason his stock is high. He is over valued, buyer beware.
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Is this one of those years where you draft a 2B because you have to? I mean really, the top tier 2B aren't really going to post significantly better numbers than the lower tier. Probably the smallest gap from the top 2B to the lowest. Is this a position where you just sit back and draft a guy in the late rounds?
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