Seemingly everybody thought that Chris Lubanski wouldn't maintain a high enough contact rate or show enough plate discipline to play at higher levels.
Early in the season, he proved that he could draw walks while cutting down on his strikeouts. The problem then was that he wasn't hitting for enough average or power. Looking at the stats, it was probably just a unlucky BABIP. However, everyone was quick to write Lubanski off following the belief that he wasn't going to make it.
Now, a couple weeks later Lubanski is proving EVERYONE wrong.
Coming into the game today:
.266/.358/.404, 2HR, 5RBI, 13BB/19K in 94 AB's
Today: 3-5, 2B, HR, 3RBI
Last year: 3.44 K/BB, 4.05 AB/K
This year: 1.46 K/BB, 5.21 AB/K
This seems like a case of getting too down on a kid who still has years to develop as a player. There were some scouting reports that said that Lubanski wouldn't be a major league regular based on 1 season of play at age 20 in High-A. The kid had a .900 OPS with 28HR at age 20 and he doesn't project as a regular?
It will be interesting to see if he can maintain his plate discipline, but Royals fans have to be salivating at that Wichita lineup right now.