Forget Miguel Tejada’s age. He’s been the real deal this season for the Kansas City Royals.
Tejada, 39, supplied the Royals with their only run Sunday in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He showed that he still has excellent skills both offensively and defensively. He belted his third home run of the season.
But Tejada, who didn’t play at all in the MLB last season, has been putting in some impressive stats and showed his true value as a ballplayer. He had a poor season for the San Francisco Giants in 2011 and batted .259 in Triple A for the Baltimore Orioles last year.
But his .353 spring training batting clip for the Royals put him on the roster.
Tejada has simply been determined that he will still play in the MLB and he’s been taking advantage of most of his chances. He reportedly is making $1 million with the Royals this season, but it would appear he’s been worth every penny. Sunday against the Tigers, he went far into the hole from his second base spot to snag a deflected ball and barely threw Jhonny Peralta out at first base.
When he played for the Giants two years ago, Tejada played in 91 games and batted .239 with four home runs and 26 RBIs. So far after 36 games this season, he’s batting .280 with three home runs and 13 RBIs and has a .400 slugging percentage.
The Royals, who are 45-50, probably can’t squeeze too much more out of Tejada than they already have. But maybe they should try. If the team can add a few more weapons to their attack, Kansas City’s hopes of getting to the .500 mark may stand a better chance.