Neato Torpedo wrote:Only 3 HR and a .143 ISO from a first baseman in 118 AAA PA so far? Nice AVG but he's looking an awful lot like James Loney right now.
I would hold off on that comp, Loney's biggest question was always his power. Baseball America rates Hosmer's power tool as a 65 on the 20-80 scale. I do think his power will come in the form of doubles in the short term (i.e. this year, perhaps next). Keep in mind that he saw his power take a huge jump when he moved from Hi-A to double-A last year, so it's not that he doesn't have power, it's likely a matter of him not lofting the ball. The thing that I find most promising for him succeeding this year, since having LASIK surgery before last year, his adjustment to level of competition has been seamless at every stop. His walk rate has followed him, and he continues to sport a low strikeout rate as well. I think a fair comp for short term expectations should he make a smooth transition is teammate Billy Butler.
Millhouse wrote:For those wondering about why him and not Moustakas, figure they had a need to fill with Kila not producing, and Betemit is producing at 3B (where Mous plays). But I'm sure some KC homers would know more...
It seemed like people were considering Hosmer a better or more major league ready prospect than Moustakas at last check. I think this was per ESPN's Jason Grey.
Jason Grey wrote:1. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals: Service-time concerns are the only thing keeping the best first-base prospect in the minors, because his bat is ready. He has had a fantastic approach at the plate while hitting an unreal .439 at Triple-A (in 26 games), and if anything I came away even more impressed with him after watching him this week at Albuquerque. For more detail, check out the Hosmer profile I wrote last November (when he was in the Arizona Fall League).
"When you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man." -Manuel A. Ramirez
one of my first questions when I heard this was, why now. why waste a year of eligibility when the team isn't that good. I haven't been checking the standings, but the Royals are 17-14 and only 4 games back of Cleveland.. and both Minnesota and Chicago are 9 and 10.5 games back. could the Royals actually have a chance at winning this division THIS year?
Really excited to see how Hosmer fares, he gets a tough first game against Gio. If he can produce then suddenly the Royals have an actual major league 2-7 lineup for the first time in a very long time. Aviles, Gordon, Butler, Frenchy, Hosmer, Betemit. Next is to get Monty and Duffy up...