The Braves seem to be set on KJ at second base, so he’d have to play himself out of the job or get hurt. I think he’s capable of matching his career minor league numbers (.281/.366/.464) which would make him one of the best-hitting second basemen in baseball (the only second basemen with higher OBPs last year were the Dark Lord Chase Utley and Jamey Carroll). It wouldn’t surprise me if he outhit that line. He certainly doesn’t have anything to prove in the minors, and he should be out of options anyway so he should be in the big leagues in some capacity.
Walks a bunch, as you know. In 2005 he had a lot of problems on pitches inside, on which he tended to hit weak grounders. It seemed to me that there were some pitches, strikes, which he just couldn’t drive. There are other strikes which he hammers. He was tremendously streaky in 2005 and probably will remain so.
The move to second base is interesting because it’s one position he has played little in the minors. He began as a shortstop, moved to the outfield because of numerous errors, but has played a fair amount of short and third in the minors. Last year, I believe he did play a little second in his brief availability. The elbow surgery that wiped out most of his 2006 will probably take some time from which to fully recover, meaning that he won’t throw well. That’s not likely to be a big problem at second.
The Braves intend to have him lead off. That’s good because he should have a high OBP, but he hasn’t been a basestealer in the high minors (he was pretty good at it on the lower levels). I don’t care a whole bunch but we’re sure to hear loads about it.