The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Seattle Mariners for cash on Wednesday. Peguero, who just turned 27, has appeared in 65 unimpressive games for Seattle over three seasons.
As a major leaguer, Peguero has not been a very good hitter. His slash line for the Mariners, over just 219 plate appearances, is a pretty dismal – .195/.242/.380/.622. Think Alcides Escobar with a little power. He has 84 strikeouts, 10 walks, and 9 home runs.
His minor league numbers are quite a bit different and indicate some potential, although at his age, he may be as good as he will ever get. His minor league slash, accumulated over 8 seasons, 737 games, and 3133 plate appearances is not horrible – .274/.334/.504/.838.
There is good and bad here. He has 137 home runs in the minors, including 31 in 2009, and he has 225 walks. The biggest downside is that he has trouble connecting with the baseball. He has 967 career strikeouts. 9-6-7!!!
If strikeouts were hits, Peguero would be batting .339. But they are not. He strikes out more than a third of his at bats. That lack of hitting for contact has translated to the majors as he has struck out 41% of the time.
The Royals may think they see something in Carlos Peguero. They see power. Plain and simple. They are throwing a dart here in acquiring a guy with 137 home runs, 160 doubles, and 42 triples in his minor league career.
At 6’5″, 260 pounds, Peguero may just be a designated hitter, or an emergency outfielder. Most likely, the Royals see him as organizational depth in the outfield.
There is a chance they think they may be able to fix his free swinging tendencies, but it is very difficult to get a tiger to change his stripes, especially if you have very little history of success in this area.
If the Royals are less lucky with injuries than they have been over the last couple of seasons, then Peguero may see some time in Kansas City, otherwise, he will most likely hold down a place as a power hitter in the middle of the line up for the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Replacing Everett Teaford with Carlos Peguero on the 40-man roster isn’t a terrible idea. Teaford was certainly expendable, and he might still remain with the Royals organization if he clears waivers.
Don’t get too excited about Peguero but don’t discount him completely. He does offer something not many Royals can offer – raw power. That power comes with a heaping helping of whiffs though, which will probably keep Perguero a fringe player for the rest of his career.