Could OF Chris Lubanski's Hot Start Carry Him to Kansas City?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IApril 13, 2009

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22:  Chris Lubanski of the Kansas City Royals poses during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 22, 2009 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chris Lubanski had loads of potential after being drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Royals. After playing rookie ball and hitting four home runs with 27 RBI and hitting for a .326 AVG.

In his second season he moved up to Class A Burlington where hitting nine home runs with 56 RBI and stealing 16 bases while hitting for a .276 AVG. Sounds like a top notch prospect doesn't it?

In his third season in 2005 is when he hit career marks for Class A+. He hit 28 home runs, 116 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and hitting for a .301 AVG.

Now in his forth year he moved to Class AA Wichita, and did not disappoint. His numbers did go down though. He hit only 15 home runs, 70 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and a .282 AVG.

His fifth season he started in Wichita where he hit nine home runs, 34 RBI's, and having a .295 AVG. He then got promoted to Class AAA Omaha and saw his numbers go down quite a bit. n 49 games Lubanski hit 6 HR, 22 RBI, no stolen bases, and compiling only a .208 AVG.

Now, moving in to 2008 Chris found himself still in AAA. His numbers did rise from his sluggish '07 season. He hit 15 HR, 54 RBI, with a .242 AVG. His one major weakness that developed last season was his strike outs. He had 130 of them.

So now we find him still in Omaha as a 24 year old, his patience must be running thin. In his first four games though he has showed his talent hitting two home runs (leads team) with four RBI and three stolen bases (leads team) and is hitting a remarkable .471.

If he is able to keep these numbers up he will find his way to Kansas City awfully quick. If he can hit 10 HR, 30 RBI, 10 SB, while having a .330 AVG by the end of May I believe he is worthy of being called up.