Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bleacher Report looks at Koby

And yep, he was doin' work.

This was obviously a breakout season for Koby (I'm sorry. I just can't refer to him as "Clemens" yet), and writer Andrew Godfrey compares his numbers from 2008 to 2009. Let's take a look:

Doubles: 2008 - 29; 2009 - 45
Homers: 2008 - 7; 2009 - 22
RBI: 2008 - 52; 2009 - 123
Avg: 2008 - .268; 2009 - .341
OBP: 2008 - .369; 2009 - .415
SLG: 2008 - .423; 2009 - .620
OPS: 2008 - .792; 2009 - 1.036

Caught Stealing rate (as the one catching the stealing:
2008 - 35% (45/130); 2009 - 26% (25/96)

Unless he falters in 2010, he may be catching in Minute Maid Park sooner than anyone thought.

Godfrey puts him in Houston in 2011, but barring a catastrophic collapse by Castro (how's that for alliteration?), I don't see him as much higher than a C2. However, if his bat keeps him in the lineup, he could see time at 1B in 2011-2012. If this year was his Prove It year, next year in Corpus will be his Year of Establishment.

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