A Glimpse Into the Future

Hopefully you were able to watch the All-Star Futures game last night.  With two big name Royals prospects named to Team USA (and both starting), this was my first opportunity to see live game footage of Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer.  For that reason alone, it was worth watching.

Moustakas went 0-3 but did make a nice play on a sharp grounder down the line, a play I wouldn’t have expected him to make. Hosmer, however, was the standout Royals prospect, going 4-5 with a double, driving in two and scoring twice. Were they anywhere but Anaheim, he would have been the MVP. That honor went to Angels prospect Hank Conger who hit a three run homer to put some distance between Team USA and the World team.

Sure, it’s just one game, but there’s no shock that Hosmer and Moustakas are viewed as the future of the franchise. But also in this one game, Hosmer made a name for himself.

If you’ll allow me a little bit of midwestern media envy, though. Hosmer got jobbed. Show me any other hitter who’s yet to reach the legal drinking age (Hosmer turns 21 on October) who would get four hits off of four different all-star prospect pitchers who didn’t deserve to be honored at the end of the game. Conger’s homer was impressive, okay. But the announcers spent more time gushing over who would “hit the homerun to be the MVP” that they missed out on a pretty strong performance.

Even after the game, all I see in most reports is praise for Mike Trout or Gorkys Hernandez or fastball speeds, but hardly anything about a 20 year old pure hitter who came an inch down the barrel from a 5-5 day (Hosmer lined out in his one hitless at-bat, but still had some mustard on it despite it going off the end of the bat). Not to take anything away from the other prospects, but anytime somebody has a day like that, they deserve more than a cursory mention on the path to a more coastal prospect.

I guess my frustration stems from the way sports coverage is dominated by which coast you’re in, while us folks in the middle of the country wait until the last eight minutes of SportsCenter to see our team’s results, and, if we’re lucky, a two or three highlights. I can’t wait until 2013, 2014 when Hosmer and Moustakas start making teams and media outlets stand up and take notice. I mean, I get it, there are more viewers in New York and Boston and Los Angeles, but maybe a little more attention would ensure that your announcers don’t pronounce a prospect’s name as “Moot-ZAKAS” or could help you avoid calling one of the best closers in the game “Joe-Keem” Soria.

Maybe I’m sick of the Royals being a national joke. Maybe I’m sick of them allowing themselves to be the subject of mockery. But when things do go right for the franchise, I’d like it to not go overlooked.

And hopefully, in a couple of years, things will go right so there won’t be any way to overlook the success. A few more 4-5 days from Eric Hosmer would go a long way towards that. (And until then, get him to Arvest Ballpark already. He’s been ready.)

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  • RoyalBlue21

    Speaking of Moose and Hosmer, I have been hearing rumors of promotions for both. Moose’s promotion to Omaha has a lot of weight but I have been periodically checking the Royals minor league rosters and he is still on the NWest Ark club. Just hoping someone could fill some holes, that would be great. As for Hosmer, I have not really heard much just a little hear and there.

    • http://kingsofkauffman.com Michael Engel

      Following the Futures game, Moustakas returned to NWA and DH’ed last night. Jamie Romak, who filled in at third base while he was on the temporary inactive list has hit 3 homers down there already so it’s not like they NEED Moustakas there for any reason.

      They’re both clearly ready for a promotion and while I’m a little surprised that he did go back to the Naturals although Omaha is off right now for the Triple A all-star break. They return to action on the 15th in Nashville while the Naturals will be headed to Springfield from Corpus Christi. So it could be as soon as late tomorrow if he’s to join Omaha in Nashville in their next series.

      As for Hosmer, the Blue Rocks are currently at home, so he’d be leaving North Carolina for Springfield if he’s promoted. It may just be a matter of logistics for both of them.

      Or it might be that the Royals don’t want to move them both on the same day so Moose might move first, then Hosmer a day or two later. I don’t know if there’d be any reason for that other than to get two press releases. At any rate, they both have deserved a promotion for some time, so it’s just a matter of time for both of them.

      There’s a shot they’re waiting for a trade of one of the players in Kansas City to make room for someone to come up from Omaha to make room for Moose, then Hosmer moves into his roster space in Double A.

      This is all speculation, but their time is coming.

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