The heir apparent to Andruw’s mantle as the really streaky guy who frustrates you and then at the end of the year you look and say, “Hey, he had a pretty good season”. KJ is helped in that he has never been declared the next Willie Mays.
Got off to a hot start, .326/.473/.593 in March and April, then slumped, hitting under .260 with only three homers over the next two months. He rallied for a strong July (.356/.427/.658), but faded in August and was putrid in September. Needless to say, if he could come close to what he does in his good months in his bad months, he’d be a superstar… Sharply cut his double-play rate, from 11 in 290 AB to 8 in 521. Stole nine bases in 14 attempts, neither a positive nor much of a negative.
The evidence that he needs to be platooned is… well, not missing, but not at all strong. He hit .278 with a .378 OBP against righthanders, .272 and .366 against lefties. However, fourteen of his sixteen homers came against righthanders, so he slugged .479 against them, only .405 against lefties. Basically, he was a middle-of-the-order hitter against righthanders, a leadoff or #2 type against lefties. Certainly, he hits lefthanders better than Martin Prado would… Hit better on the road than at home, as he did during his rookie season.
Wasn’t great at second base, but wasn’t bad either, his range factor and fielding percentages slightly below the norm but within margin of error. He’s never going to win a Gold Glove, but was probably a better second baseman than Escobar, with much better RF and FP.