I'm perhaps a bit too optimistic on Kila, as he's my starting first baseman after I got him for $1..... but yeah, I think he'll breakout this season. Why?
1. He's hitting 5th, behind Billy Butler. Yes, it's still KCR and Butler is a GIDP machine, but I think Kila will get at least 85-90 RBI, and could crack 100 RBI.
Think about it. Butler has 91 -- yes 91 -- doubles in the last 2 seasons, which is insane. If Butler gets 45-50 doubles again, then about 10% of the time Kila will already have a RISP merely from Butler's doubles. That won't count all the OTHER traditional RISP scenarios. If Kila hits .300 after Butler doubles, that's already 15-18 RBI just from driving Butler in.
2. He tore it up in spring training. Yeah, ST numbers don't usually matter, but they certainly can't hurt. He's seeing the ball well and more importantly, his confidence is improving.
3. He has a great approach. The thing that I love most about Kila is his BB numbers. In his minor league career, he has a 16.2% BB/PA rate, with 673BB/689K, which is outstanding for a big XBH guy like him. Basically, his approach should help prevent prolonged hitting slumps. Never bet against a guy with that type of approach.
4. He's a 27-year old 6'3" 233 lefty. That size, that approach, that age, in that batting slot..... I'm banking on a breakout.
Middle/Target: .285, 90 R, 26 HR, 90 RBI
Bust: .260, 70 R, 18 HR, 72 RBI
Breakout: .295, 98 R, 32 HR, 110 RBI