Pickering hit as well as Sweeney did last year and hit better than Harvey by a wide margin. The problem wasn't that he "didn't beat" Harvey. The problem was KC management's myopia in not seeing that he did beat Harvey like a drum.
He wasn't even all that close to Sweeney's production and he did not outproduce Harvey. Pickering had the one big call-up game and then pretty much tanked the rest of his playing time. It was too bad that he didn't get to play an entire year. It would have been interesting to see a player challenge for the all-time single season records in both K's and GIDP. It would have given Royals fans something to cheer for at least.