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5/20/1980 (36 y, 10 m, 5 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Cincinnati Reds
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Make the Yankees the third team that Austin Kearns has disappointed in his young career. He has a good glove and a rocket arm, but his early power has mostly evaporated, making his above-average walk rate moot. In 2010, he somehow managed a .235 batting average on a .355 BABIP, which is awfully hard to do -- and it suggests that his seeming bounceback, a half-season with the Indians that was the best he’d played in three years, was something of a mirage. He doesn’t do anything particularly well offensively. He doesn’t even have much of a platoon split: he actually has a slightly higher SLG against righties than lefties, though he has an OBP 42 points higher against lefties. He’ll get a part-time job somewhere with a team that wants a cheaper version of Jeff Francoeur. That’s one of the last things that a fantasy team needs: a utility outfielder who hits like a backup infielder. (Alex Remington)
The Quick Opinion:
He's a cheaper version of Jeff Francoeur: a platoon outfielder with a good arm and a bad bat.
In 2010, the Indians brought in Kearns to help out with the outfield and he played well enough (.272/.354/.419 with eight home runs in 84 games) to earn a trade to the Yankees and an invite to re-join the Tribe for 2011. After the mid-season move to New York, the last year and a half have featured very little from Kearns. He played poorly the rest of 2010, and his 2011 was even worse, as he went .200/.302/.287 with just two home runs in only 57 games. Looking towards 2012, Kearns appears to be out of a job and it does not appear the Indians have space for him in their outfield any more. From 2002-2007, Kearns was a serviceable OF who never played enough to be a true fantasy asset, but could fill in when needed. He was released by Cleveland in August, turns 32 early next season, though, and is just hoping to catch on somewhere long enough to earn a shot as a 4th or 5th OF for 2012. He will likely get a spring training invite, but he won't be on anyone's draft board, nor should he be. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
Kearns will spend the winter hoping to find a job, and he more than likely will get a shot to catch on somewhere. But if he does, he is unlikely to get enough playing time -- or to perform well enough -- to make an impact on any fantasy league.
For the second season in a row, Kearns failed to earn more than 150 at-bats. With weak contact skills and power that has gone missing, he's not a consideration in any more than the deepest of leagues. (
Remember when Austin Kearns was a top prospect in the Reds farm system? Yeah, me neither. At age 33, Kearns has become a journeyman reserve outfielder, having played for four different organizations over the past five years. Only one of those seasons did he record more than 250 plate appearances. His one asset -- power -- has disappeared, making him useless in fantasy leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
With the opportunity for a starting role long gone and his one main asset, power, having gone MIA, there's nothing to see here. Move along now kiddies.
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