Tag:Eric Hosmer
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:33 pm

Royals to call up Duffy, another hot prospect

Change is coming quicker than expected with the Royals.

Another top prospect is on the way.

In the wake of Kyle Davies' injury and Monday's 19-1 loss to the Indians, the Royals announced that 22-year-old left-hander Danny Duffy will make his major-league debut in Wednesday night start against the Rangers. Duffy is the first of a highly-touted group of young pitchers to arrive in the big leagues, just as first baseman Eric Hosmer was the first of a highly-touted group of position players when the Royals called him up two weeks back.

What's especially exciting for the Royals, who have had just one winning season in the last 16 years (and likely won't break that streak this year), is that more are on the way.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas, in fact, seems to have been inspired by the Hosmer call-up. In eight games since Hosmer left Triple-A Omaha, Moustakas has gone 11-for-29 (.379) with three home runs and 11 RBI.

Duffy was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts at Omaha. His other numbers are even better, with 10 walks and 43 strikeouts in 36 innings.

Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 6:34 pm

Hosmer is on his way to KC

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).

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