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Brayan Pena, C, Kansas City Royals
Kendall has company
Manager Ned Yost vowed to get his backup backstop
about 15 games' worth of PT the rest of the way. That doesn't sound terribly
exciting, but Pena, 28, still has some overlooked upside. He may not be KC's
long-term answer behind the plate, but he has a shot.
Pena is hitting .173 this year - in 52 at-bats. He could very well be suffering from "I don't play much, so when I do, I have to show 'em something" syndrome; he's posting by far the highest strikeout rate of his career. It has to be a little disappointing to expect a chance to grow, only to sit, nearly all the time, behind the aging Jason Kendall.
Last season, in 165 at-bats, Pena batted .273 with six homers. There's a glimmer of evidence that he still has some upside, and he's approaching the age at which middling catchers typically begin to show power improvement.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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