And So It Begins: Eric Hosmer Promoted To Kansas City

Eric Hosmer, baseball player. (From David Holtzman - @HoltzyKC)

Not long after the Royals victory over Baltimore, the news broke.

Eric Hosmer, regarded by many as the top prospect in the top minor league system in the game, was purchased from Omaha, placed on the 40 man roster and will be starting tomorrow night against Oakland.

To make room on the 40 man roster, Jason Kendall was placed on the 60 day DL as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.  Kila Ka’aihue was optioned to Omaha where he’ll work on salvaging something from 2011.

Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 18 Idaho Falls 3 15 2 4 2 0 0 2 3 2 .364 .533 .545 1.079
2009 19 2 Teams 106 434 40 91 19 4 6 59 53 90 .241 .334 .361 .695
2009 19 Burlington 79 327 31 71 17 2 5 49 44 68 .254 .352 .382 .734
2009 19 Wilmington 27 107 9 20 2 2 1 10 9 22 .206 .280 .299 .579
2010 20 2 Teams 137 586 87 176 43 9 20 86 59 66 .338 .406 .571 .977
2010 20 Wilmington 87 375 48 115 29 6 7 51 44 39 .354 .429 .545 .974
2010 20 NW Arkansas 50 211 39 61 14 3 13 35 15 27 .313 .365 .615 .980
2011 21 Omaha 26 118 21 43 5 0 3 15 19 16 .439 .525 .582 1.107
4 Seasons 272 1153 150 314 69 13 29 162 134 174 .312 .393 .493 .886
A+ (2 seasons) 114 482 57 135 31 8 8 61 53 61 .320 .396 .488 .884
A (1 season) 79 327 31 71 17 2 5 49 44 68 .254 .352 .382 .734
AA (1 season) 50 211 39 61 14 3 13 35 15 27 .313 .365 .615 .980
Rk (1 season) 3 15 2 4 2 0 0 2 3 2 .364 .533 .545 1.079
AAA (1 season) 26 118 21 43 5 0 3 15 19 16 .439 .525 .582 1.107
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/5/2011.

I can’t blame the Royals for making the move.  Hosmer was a hitting machine in his first 118 plate appearances in Omaha, even surpassing the lofty expectations for the 2008 first round pick.

For as good as Hosmer’s been in Omaha, Ka’aihue’s been just as bad in Kansas City.  I think that if he were hitting at a reasonable rate, even with Hosmer’s dominance, the Royals would be more patient.  As it is, Hosmer forced their hand.

What this means for his place in the organization – if there is one – is unclear.  After years of toil in the minors, this was Kila’s shot.  He’s very possibly blown it.

I don’t think the Royals will learn anything about Ka’aihue with him in Omaha.  I also don’t think they’d call Hosmer up if they didn’t believe he’d stick in the majors.  His offensive abilities are obvious, but he’s a strong defensive first baseman too.  Discussion on Twitter suggested his arrival could mean Mike Aviles gets more time at second, as Hosmer’s improved range would make Aviles less of a liability in that area. (Not that Chris Getz has any range either – but Aviles hits.)

Thus, at 21 years old, Hosmer is in Kansas City.  He’ll become the fifth Royal to make their major league debut in 2011 (after a couple of years where it took September roster expansion to get legends like Dusty Hughes and Victor Marte to debut).

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Topics: AL Central, Baseball, Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals, KC, Kila Kaaihue, MLB, Royals

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