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.
|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|
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.