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.