Taking the Next Step: Eric Hosmer

Eric Hosmer will join the Northwest Arkansas Naturals today as they take on the Springfield Cardinals at Arvest Park following his promotion from Wilmington in High A. Hosmer, 20, led the Carolina League in batting average (.354), doubles (29), and despite “only” seven homers, is second in OPS (.974) and total bases (177).

The Naturals have a double header scheduled for today, and Hosmer is expected to play in at least one of the games. The promotion has been anticipated for a while, much like Mike Moustakas‘s advancement to Omaha, as Hosmer joins a list of prospects who’ve moved up a level in midseason, including John Lamb, Mike Montgomery, Manuel Pina, Louis Coleman and Wil Myers.

The only knock on Hosmer so far in his professional career has been a lack of power. However, it’s been covered before that Frawley Stadium in Wilmington is pitcher-friendly and Mike Moustakas had low homerun totals in his season in Wilmington as well. Hosmer’s 29 doubles and six triples suggest that he’s been unlucky. Moustakas’s homerun numbers went up when he started in Double A and Hosmer should see more balls leave the yard now as well. He doesn’t project as quite the power hitter that Moustakas does, but he’ll be a stronger pure hitter.

Both Moustakas and Hosmer represented the Royals in the All-Star Futures game last weekend, with Hosmer going 4-5 against top minor league pitching competition. One exhibition game isn’t enough to say that Hosmer will dominate at Double A, but he’s been ready for the opportunity for a while.

Year Age Tm Aff PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2008 18 Idaho Falls KCR 15 4 2 0 0 2 .364 .533 .545 1.079 6
2009 19 2 Teams KCR 434 91 19 4 6 59 .241 .334 .361 .695 136
2009 19 Burlington KCR 327 71 17 2 5 49 .254 .352 .382 .734 107
2009 19 Wilmington KCR 107 20 2 2 1 10 .206 .280 .299 .579 29
2010 20 Wilmington KCR 375 115 29 6 7 51 .354 .429 .545 .974 177
3 Seasons 824 210 50 10 13 112 .295 .381 .447 .828 319
A+ (2 seasons) 482 135 31 8 8 61 .320 .396 .488 .884 206
A (1 season) 327 71 17 2 5 49 .254 .352 .382 .734 107
Rk (1 season) 15 4 2 0 0 2 .364 .533 .545 1.079 6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/17/2010.

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Topics: AL Central, Baseball, Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals, KC, Mike Moustakas, MLB, Royals

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