Blog Entry

Hosmer is on his way to KC

Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 6:34 pm
The Royals are about to get more interesting, and harder to ignore.

Eric Hosmer is on the way.

Hosmer is part of the group of prospects that had people raving this spring, to the point of calling the Royals the early favorite to win -- in 2013. He wasn't expected to be in the big leagues this soon, but his great start at Triple-A Omaha (and the struggles of first baseman Kila Ka'aihue) pushed the Royals to make the move after Thursday's 9-1 win over the Orioles.

Good for them. Hosmer had little left to prove in the Pacific Coast League, where some managers had started to simply pitch around the powerful first baseman (as evidenced by 19 walks in 26 games).

"He's a man among boys," said one scout who saw Hosmer recently.

He's a 21-year-old man, with just 76 games above Class A. But he has big-time power, who opened eyes with long-distance home runs this spring, and also with a shot that went all the way out of the stadium at Omaha.

This week, Hosmer went 8-for-12 in a series at Albuquerque, to raise his average for the season to .439 (with a .525 on-base percentage and an 1.107 OPS). Meanwhile, Ka'aihue was hitting .195 for the Royals, with 26 strikeouts in 82 at-bats.

In spring training, it seemed that third baseman Mike Moustakas would lead the next wave of Royals' position-player prospects. The Royals still love Moustakas (hitting .235 with 20 RBI in 24 games), but scouts say he could use some work on his defense.

Mike Montgomery and Danny Duffy, the two most advanced candidates to help the Royals' rotation, are off to fast starts at Omaha. Montgomery has a 2.45 ERA (but has walked 19 in 33 innings), while Duffy's ERA is 2.08 (with an impressive 33 strikeouts and six walks in 26 innings).


Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:37 pm

Hosmer is on his way to KC

I love my Royals and think Hosmer will be a fixture at first for years to come.  I do not think he's the next coming of Lou Gehrig however.  I will be happy with him hitting over or around .300 each year and 20-25 homers.  A Mark Grace type with more power would be a great addition to the boys in blue.Smile

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 8:15 am

Hosmer is on his way to KC

Best farm in majors
the talent is there...Royals must be wise to manage them!...
in 2/3 year could be a dominant team
try to sell high someone like Francis/Chen/Hochevar/Davies(when there is a  team angry for starters!)and Melky Cabrera!!!

Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:38 pm

Hosmer could be on fast track to KC

It's not difficlut at all Sling Blade...they will wait.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:24 pm

Hosmer could be on fast track to KC

I think trying to call guys up at the " right time" is overrated. If the guy is a good player he'll show his skill, if not then he won't. 

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:11 pm

Hosmer could be on fast track to KC

It will be a difficult decision for the Royals to balance their current Major League needs at first base and starting pitching with the prospect of starting the service clocks on these young prospects (Hosmer, Montgomery and Duffy).  They also have to consider if the players are mentally ready for the jump to the Bigs and potentially dealing with failure for the first time.  The past handling of Gordon (bringing him up early) stunted his growth for several years.  That all being said, given the sad state of the American League Central this year (except for Cleveland), this may be the window of opportunity for the Royals.  Go Royals!

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