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The Future of Jason Kubel

By Josh Gloe

Clearly, Joe Mauer has stepped into the limelight this year as an improvement of an already-superstar Major League Baseball player. Justin Morneau has had a very similar year, threatening to compete for the MVP. One player who has had recognition as well, although not enough, is Jason Kubel. He has been performing beyond expectations, quite unlike our current president, Barack Hussein Obama.

As July comes to a close, Kubel is batting over .300. His career high is just .273. I always believed that Jason Kubel would end up to be, in the prime of his career, a slugger who would hit maybe 25 home runs, plus or minus a few, and average about .285. Basically, I didn't honestly believe that he would improve drastically.

However, this year he is proving my theory wrong. 300 is an above-average BA. 30 home runs is also above-average. In fact, .300 and 30 home runs with close to 100 RBIs is All-Star, possibly even MVP-type numbers. Now, this isn't his year for numbers like that, but he is making his way towards that, quite rapidly I might add. Kubel is batting over .300. So far he has 18 home runs. His career high is an even 20. He is on pace to hit about 30 home runs, if he keeps up his impressive performance. He has nearly 60 RBIs as of July 30, which means that 100 is in reach, although a little stretching will be required to grab the meaningful number.

At 27 years old, he is like a scaled-down Morneau who is blooming a tad later. In his prime (within the next five years or so) I believe that Kubel will attend the All-Star game at least once or twice. He may be the next Twin to compete in the home-run derby.

No matter what his actual future numbers will be, what awards he wins, or what honors receives, Kubel has proved that he will be an extremely valuable asset to the Minnesota Twins organization.


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