If you listen to my podcast, which is posted here at Royals Authority and elsewhere, then you probably know that I am not the biggest fan of Scott Podsednik. We probably all have our own personal favorites and not-so-favorites on the team, its just part of being a fan. However, sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due, and Scott Podsednik has been on fire lately.
I know he has a 13 game hitting streak, but I kind of thought it was one of those empty streaks with lots of 1 single games. Not only does he have 6 multi-hit games during his streak, seven of his 21 hits during the streak have been for extra bases. He has 3 doubles, 2 triples and 2 homeruns. During his 13 game hitting streak, Podsednik is hitting .375/.407/.607.
The thing that absolutely blew me away though, was the fact that his streak would be 23 games if not for a single game with no hits on July 7th. If you look at all of his games from June 21st through yesterday, you have over a month of Podsednik putting up All-Star numbers. I mean literally All-Star or better type offensive numbers. Over his last 28 games, Podsednik is hitting .364/.395/.496 for an OPS of .891. That is excellent production out of the leadoff spot for the Royals.
During the off-season, the Royals signed a bunch of outfielders. They inked Brian Anderson, Rick Ankiel and Scott Podsednik. At the time, I thought it was a little crazy, but my guess is that Dayton Moore figured that hopefully one of these guys would end up being productive and instead of just trying to guess which one it would be, he signed all three and hedged his bet. Brian Anderson is becoming a pitcher, Rick Ankeil has been injured most of the year and I have to admit, Podsednik has been a valuable player. We know that in most offseasons, the Royals don’t have the money to go out and sign a top flight free agent who has great odds of panning out, so in lieu of that, a great strategy would be to get a bunch of decent guys and hope one has a career year while jettisoning the rest.
On top of that, if the team ends up struggling then you can hopefully trade off the guy who is performing well and net some young talent in return. And that is exactly what may happen. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports last night Tweeted:
If the Royals can turn Scott Podsednik into some young talent, then it easily will be the best off-season signing of the year for Dayton Moore. Sometimes as fans we have trouble seeing the forest for the trees, and I think that for me the signing of a bunch of outfielders in this last off-season was one of those times. Now, if he can only stay healthy until he can be traded.
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