For your amusement, everything you need to know about the newest Cubbie, Jason Kendall....
- Son of former major leaguer Fred Kendall
- Swings one of the lightest bats in the majors
, 30 oz. sometimes 29.7 oz.
- 3 Time All-Star, 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting in 1996
- Career 279/378/402 hitter at Wrigley Field
- Inside Edge scouting report grades
Overall Effectiveness: D-
Location Performance: C
Fastball Performance: B-
Offspead Performance: C-
Plate Discpline: A
Clutch Tendency: D+
2 Strike Tendency: B+
Overall Grade: C-
- TSN Scouting Report
Very much a hitter's hitter, he swings for average, has occasional power, and produces runs. Kendall is the very rare catcher who can run. He's incredibly durable, has great hustle, and his mental toughness is unmatched.
He's rather average behind the plate, though he does work on his defense. At the plate, he's lost most of his power due to injury.
A rare leadoff-hitting catcher.
- Seems to have a reputation for handling
a pitching staff quite well
- Athletic's fans feel the same about Kendall
as most Cubs fans feel about Cesar Izturis and Jacque Jones. That can't be good.
- Charged the mound after John Lackey
missed him with a curveball last year because he didn't like what Lackey said to him. Hot-headed catcher? This sounds familiar.
- By BP's Rate2 defensive stat, he's literally an average catcher with a career mark of 100. (similar to OPS+ or ERA+ where 100 is average, go below and you're considered below average and so on). The last three years in Oakland he's come in at 97, 103, 96.
- He's caught over 140 games at catcher in 8 different seasons. Durable to say the least.
- Played two games in left field for the A's this year.
- Career .308/.384/.410 second half hitter; .306/.377/.365 the last three years in the second half (2004-2006).