Kila Ka’aihue Sent to A’s For Ethan Hollingsworth

Kila Ka’aihue is a big, slugging first baseman who isn’t much of a defender and won’t steal bases. He’s notorious for his ability to take a walk throughout his minor league career.

If you’ve read Moneyball, he’s a Billy Beane kind of player, and now, Beane can have him.  The Royals received minor leaguer Ethan Hollingsworth for him in a trade this afternoon after Kila was designated for assignment last week.

The Royals did well to get anything for a player they had no spot for any longer.

Rather than wait for the Royals to release him, the A’s sent Hollingsworth, a fourth round pick  in 2008 by Colorado, to Kansas City.  He spent time in Double A and Triple A in 2011, with a 3.76 ERA over 105.1 innings.  He made two starts in Triple A, allowing six runs in 10.2 innings.

Overall, his numbers in the minors look good.  A 6’2″ 200 pound righty, Hollingsworth has a career 7.9 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 over 481.1 innings.  He’s been prone to getting hit, though.  Despite a good walkrate, he’s given up 540 hits as a pro, leaving him with a 1.361 WHIP.

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G IP BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 K/9 K/BB
2008 21 Casper Rk 4 7 6.10 14 59.0 16 55 1.627 12.2 1.1 2.4 8.4 3.44
2009 22 2 Teams 8 9 4.37 27 146.1 34 132 1.353 10.1 0.7 2.1 8.1 3.88
2009 22 Asheville A 5 6 4.05 16 86.2 18 76 1.212 9.0 0.9 1.9 7.9 4.22
2009 22 Modesto A+ 3 3 4.83 11 59.2 16 56 1.559 11.6 0.5 2.4 8.4 3.50
2010 23 2 Teams 12 8 3.69 27 170.2 38 162 1.254 9.3 0.8 2.0 8.5 4.26
2010 23 Modesto A+ 12 8 3.31 25 160.1 34 153 1.216 9.0 0.8 1.9 8.6 4.50
2010 23 Tulsa AA 0 0 9.58 2 10.1 4 9 1.839 13.1 1.7 3.5 7.8 2.25
2011 24 2 Teams 7 5 3.76 19 105.1 27 73 1.396 10.3 0.9 2.3 6.2 2.70
2011 24 Midland AA 6 5 3.61 17 94.2 23 66 1.373 10.2 0.8 2.2 6.3 2.87
2011 24 Sacramento AAA 1 0 5.06 2 10.2 4 7 1.594 11.0 1.7 3.4 5.9 1.75
4 Seasons 31 29 4.21 87 481.1 115 422 1.361 10.1 0.8 2.2 7.9 3.67
AA (2 seasons) AA 6 5 4.20 19 105.0 27 75 1.419 10.5 0.9 2.3 6.4 2.78
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 15 11 3.72 36 220.0 50 209 1.309 9.7 0.7 2.0 8.6 4.18
A (1 season) A 5 6 4.05 16 86.2 18 76 1.212 9.0 0.9 1.9 7.9 4.22
Rk (1 season) Rk 4 7 6.10 14 59.0 16 55 1.627 12.2 1.1 2.4 8.4 3.44
AAA (1 season) AAA 1 0 5.06 2 10.2 4 7 1.594 11.0 1.7 3.4 5.9 1.75
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2011.

Scouting reports credit Hollingsworth with average stuff, but good command.  Clint Scoles from Pinetar Press reports that he has a sinking fastball in the 89-91 mph range and “fringy” breaking stuff.  Hollingsworth will be assigned to Omaha, and will likely spend all year there as depth.

Topics: AL Central, Baseball, Ethan Hollingsworth, Kansas City Royals, KC, KC Royals, Kila Kaaihue, MLB, Oakland Athletics, Royals

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