I do not like Tejada as a leadoff batter.I would rather have Kirk.He will still strike out alot but hopefully his average will go up a bit, therefore his obp goes up.Fairly good wheels and I personally like a leadoff batter that can slug a bit.
Tejada would be a good #2 hitter
"98 ks in 1/2 a season of at bats with a .313 OBP doesn't strike me as a good lead off man."
Agreed.....that smells like # 8 to me.
Cowgill had a very respectable OBP in his minor league career of .371 and a low K rate of 16% with an 80% success rate on stealing bases 80sb/18cs.
If he can hit near .300 like he did in his minor league career he could be a good lead off man. I know some of his minor league years were in the PCL but he did well in AA at Mobile too.
when the batting average goes up then the OBP goes up.This is assuming he bounces back from the rookie slump and figures it out a bit..260/.330 is not out of the question for Kirk.
You are always looking at 150Ks at least per 500 ABS though.
"Toss a coin. If Kirk can get over striking out so much and be patient at the plate, he might be a better option. I do like Tejada, but he doesn't have the speed and stealing bases is not high on his tools list. Leadoff batter is important one AB a game, so we see how many people wind up occuping that space during the season. I've heard they might even try Murph there."
This is what i was afraid of.