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Dayton Moore isn't the only one who likes Yuniesky Betancourt

Jan 2, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

Dick Kaegel is a pretty optimistic guy — he’s predicting the Royals will take the AL Central with 88 wins — but that might not be the craziest thing he wrote in his “10 questions” piece for MLB.com:

Which player will be the biggest surprise of the 2010 season?


I’m picking Betancourt, who’ll find new life under the guidance of
coaches Eddie Rodriguez and Dave Owen. The shortstop seems to be
catching on to nuances of the game that eluded him in his rapid rise to
the Majors after leaving Cuba.

Apparently those nuances don’t include taking pitches or fielding the baseball with any degree of competence. Betancourt is a near-lock to make contact (88.3% for his career),
but that doesn’t make the results any less frustrating. The best
surprise for Royals fans would be if Mike Aviles works his way back
from Tommy John surgery to take the starting shortstop job back from this
sort of mediocrity.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Wow. Give me some of the drugs this guy is on.

  2. CHRIS - Jan 2, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    he is horrible. no plate discipline, makes a lot of errors. This
    guy has no clue.

  3. JBerardi - Jan 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    “I’m picking Betancourt, who’ll find new life under the guidance of coaches Eddie Rodriguez and Dave Owen.”
    Right, because the Royals coaches have done such a bang up job with… you know… every other Royals player.

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