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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    David Lesky

    I don’t think it ever hurts to have someone with experience in a winning organization, but I also think with a guy like Kottaras, that is extremely overrated.

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    One question for you, David. What impact do you think having George Kottaras on the bench will have with this young club. Remember that Kottaras arrived in Oakland just about the time they put the hammer down last year in making it to the playoffs. That knowledge should have a positive impact on the young Royals players just from him talking in the dugout and locker room about what the A’s achieved last year.

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    Let me add a few points to your assessment, David.

    Yes Kottaras has a habit of not making contact, striking out 1 of every 4 at bats in his career. But did you check Hayes? He strikes out 1 of every 3 at bats. Even worse.

    Kottaras also has 24 HR and 84 RBIs in 592 career at bats. That is about one full season worth and I would take 24 and 84 in a season from most Royals starters. You are correct, his lifetime average at 220 is low but his OBA is 320 thanks to 78 walks. So he gets on base a decent amount of the time and knows how to drive in runs. Hayes on the other hand has a lower BA and OBA (60 points lower than GK), hits with less power and has driven 1/3 the runs in 1/2 the at bats. Plus, as you said, Kottaras gives the Royals another LH bat off the bench to PH for Francoeur or Getz if need be.

    Now to his defense. Fielding average is the same as Hayes while Passed Balls per game are a little higher. Kottaras big downside though is his inability to throw out runners, 24 of 150 in his career.

    Still overall his fielding stats are not enough lower than Hayes to pick Hayes over Kottaras, especially when Kottaras can provide a bat off the bench and some run support when Perez is rested. Not to mention, if Perez ended up on the DL, I would much rather see Kottaras behind the plate for 2 weeks than Hayes.

    I have been worried about the backup catching situation since Hayes was signed and Pena released. To me this is a much needed move for little additional money. Unless George Kottaras is horrible in spring training, he needs to break camp with KC and send Hayes on his way.

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