Eric Hosmer set a career high in homers and RBI in 2016, but then, who didn't? It's cliche, but the increased total was a matter of doubles and triples turning into homers, as his extra-base hits, slugging and isolated power all dropped. Hosmer's flyball percentage remained a low 25 percent; a 6.3 percent spike in HR/FB did the trick. The first baseman set another career high, fanning at nearly a 20 percent pace. This, in tandem with a low BABIP, especially against southpaws, led to his posting his second lowest batting average as a big leaguer (.266). All that said, Hosmer had a typical campaign, piggybacking the league trend of increased power and whiffs. He remains a fallback choice at first base, without the power usually attributed to the position but a volume contributor due to durability and an above average hit tool. If you miss out on the studs early, Hosmer remains a reliable consolation prize with a likely bounce-back in batting average, albeit with a drop in pop.
Hosmer launched a game-winning, two-run home run in the eighth inning during Team USA's World Baseball Classic win over Venezuela. After San Diego's thick-aired marine layer cost him a tater earlier in the game, the Royals' first baseman connected on a shot that cleared the right-center-field fence. The impending free agent looks set to at least come close to matching his 25 home runs from 2016, but he'll need to reverse the two-year increase that gave him a 58.9 groundball percentage. Of course, that big-fly total was the six-year veteran's best, and if the 27-year-old takes to the air more, he'll offset the downside.
Hosmer agreed to a one-year, $12.25 million deal with the Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports. He received a $4 million raise over what he made in 2016 and will become a free agent after the 2017 season. Hosmer is entering his age-27 season, for what it's worth, and coming off a year where he set career highs in home runs (25) and RBI (104), but his .266 average was his lowest mark since 2012.
Hosmer is out Sunday due to wrist soreness, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. Hosmer has reportedly been dealing with wrist soreness for the last few weeks. However, manager Ned Yost has said that the injury isn't anything serious. Looking onto the 2017 season, there's no reason to believe Hosmer's wrist ailment should hinder his future performance.
Hosmer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. Hosmer will be out of the lineup for the second consecutive day, as Kendrys Morales is set to start at first base Sunday afternoon. Over the last 14 games, Hosmer has gone just 10-for-50 at the plate, bringing his batting average down to .266 for the year.
Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's contest against the Twins. Hosmer's third-inning blast extended his career-high total to 25, and pushed his career-best RBI mark to 103. The first baseman is hitting just .250 this month, but he's fairly compensated by mashing five homers, tallying 21 RBI and scoring 14 runs during September.