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.

2009222 Teams894.3727146.1341321.35310.
2010232 Teams1283.6927170.2381621.2549.
2011242 Teams753.7619105.127731.39610.
4 Seasons31294.2187481.11154221.36110.
AA (2 seasons)AA654.2019105.027751.41910.
A+ (2 seasons)A+15113.7236220.0502091.3099.
A (1 season)A564.051686.218761.2129.
Rk (1 season)Rk476.101459.016551.62712.
AAA (1 season)AAA105.06210.2471.59411.

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.