MLB Player Profile: DiamondBacks OF/DH Jason Kubel
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By Chris Lacey (Diamond Backs Correspondent) Follow @aecanada12
Jason Kubel was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th Round of the 2000 Amateur Draft, after playing high school ball at Highland High School in California. Kubel received the call-up to the Majors in 2004. He would suffer a knee injury in the Arizona Fall League – that would cause him to miss all of the 2005 season. He would have his most productive season as a Twin in 2009, when he would have a Batting Average of .300, drive in 103 RBI and hit 28 Home Runs. He has his best 3 – Slash Line for his Career at .300/.369/.907. His efforts even saw him net 24th in AL MVP Voting. That season also saw Kubel hitting for cycle against the Los Angeles Angels, and would do in dramatic fashion by hitting the go-ahead Grand Slam in the 8th inning.
Jason Kubels hitting mechanics:
Jason Kubel had a very up-and-down year in his first season with the Diamondbacks. He had an extremely nice 1st half and then just after the ALL-Star Break – before slowing down substantially in the last 2 months of the year. Kubel would still end up leading all National League outfielders in Assists with 14. Kubel finished the season hitting for a Batting Average of .250 (lower than his career mark of.268) – but the power was there as he hit 30 HRs and drove in 90 RBI. If anything, he needs to try to be more consistent. Kubel’s first season in the NL West was productive – and he also proved not to be a defensive liability.
Kubel has a high value to the team it is very hard to find corner outfielder with his power and ability to play the field on his salary. The other value that Kubel has is that he is a good guy to have in clubhouse. The other value is that if Upton gets traded he will be lone power threat that the team would have besides Paul Goldschmidt & Aaron Hill. After hitting off of the charts in June and July, Kubel struggled with back to back mid .100 Batting Averages in August (.159) and Sept/Oct (.186). He still managed to club 8 HRs and drive in 18 RBI in 158 AB for those last 2 months.
The competition for the outfield spots will be for the fourth outfielder between Gerardo Parra and top prospect Adam Eaton. The competition for the outfield position will depend on what the team decides to do with Justin Upton. If Upton is traded away – then newly signed Cody Ross could play in Right Field, Eaton would be in Center, and Kubel and Parra would platoon in Left Field. If Upton stays with the team then Eaton and Ross would platoon in Center Field, with a Kubel and Parra platoon in Left and Upton in Right Field. The man has also been speculated to be on the move for a trade should the club decide to hold onto Upton. He may be better off long-term in the American League as a permanent DH. Whatever the case, the man can absolutely rake and should be more widely respected!
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