Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Royals Add Some Pop to Omaha Roster

Dayton Moore added some insurance for Alex Gordon today.

Travis Metcalf may not be a superstar, but he's a nice pick up from the Rangers. A quick look at his minor league stats shows that Metcalf struggles in his first year at a new level before adjusting. This will be his second full year at AAA.

These are his numbers from two short stints in the majors:
2007 - 255/307/435 in 181 PAs
2008 - 232/279/589 in 61 PAs

Here are the numbers I think matter:
2007 - .308 batting average on balls in play
2008 - .179 batting average on balls in play

That is some bad, bad luck in 2008. Small sample size makes the numbers worse than they would be over a full season, but it seems to me that a little regression to the mean would give the Royals a back up third baseman who can bang a few homers if given the opportunity.
clipped from

CHICAGO (AP)—The Kansas City Royals claimed third baseman Travis Metcalf on
waivers from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Metcalf, 26, was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A
Omaha. The University of Kansas product batted .249 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs
in 217 at-bats with the Rangers over the last two seasons.

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