I just updated the Beane Counter for the first time in several days, and you know what? Bobby Kielty has been deadly lately.
In May, Bobby Kielty's numbers have looked like this:
5 Games, 1.238 OPS, 1 HR and 3 RBI.
Yes, this short period of time does not a season make, but Kielty has been hitting the ball well all season. Even when he doesn't get a hit, he's laying some solid lumber on the ball.
As a matter of fact, Kielty is now leading the A's in on-base percentage at .377 (Bobby Crosby doesn't qualify).
So, for those who were always ripping Kielty last year, remember that Beane never lost faith.
This is from the AN interview with Billy Beane when I asked him what he considered his worst move:
It's still early and Kielty hasn't done it for a long period of time, but remember this is a guy in 2002 who had an OBP of .405. There's a reason Beane and company wanted him.
There's a reason Beane treasures patience. And not just at the plate.