3). Brett Eibner Could Be Getting The Next Ticket To KC
Like I mentioned before, the 27-year-old Brett Eibner blasted three home runs for Omaha last night. He just happens to be able to play right field, where Jarrod Dyson is currently not getting on base. Eibner is a former second round draft pick with good athleticism and a bat that has been slow to develop.
Right now, he’s following up a strong .303/.364/.514 season with a .318/.415/.542 line in Omaha this spring with seven home runs in 107 at bats. Eibner is showing plate control, as the .415 on base percentage will show you.
Running neck and neck with Eibner is former international bonus baby Jorge Bonifacio who is slashing .336/.382/.582 also in Omaha. However, to me Eibner gets the edge due to his defense (Eibner plays center in Omaha while Bonifacio plays right), and his ability to recognize strikes. Both Bonifacio (31 strikeouts in 122 at bats) and Eibner (28 strikeouts in 107 at bats) whiff more than you’d like, but could provide a boost to an offense that sorely needs it.
I’m beginning to think Jarrod Dyson doesn’t have the bat to hold down an everyday spot in the lineup. He’s a weapon off the bench when he can be inserted into situation where his speed and range can turn the game. Both Bonifacio and Eibner have stronger minor-league pedigrees than current reserve outfielder Paulo Orlando.
Dayton Moore would be wise to try out what he’s got parked in Omaha before seeking help on the trade market.
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