3). Eric Hosmer Is Becoming A Superstar Before Our Eyes
Yes, I’ve been raving about Eric Hosmer all season. Both him and Mike Moustakas have truly matured as players their sixth season in the league. Moustakas has become the slugger that he promised to be as a prospect. Hosmer has become the all-around professional hitter who is a perfect no. 3 guy in the lineup.
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Hosmer had yet another two-hit game on Sunday, going 2 for 6 with a single, double, and the game’s first RBI. On the season, Hosmer is slashing a very impressive .336/.392/.536. If he continues to play at this level, it will be his first truly dominant season in major league baseball.
And yeah, that will make him a superstar after establishing himself as a clutch player in the post season by becoming the KC Royals all-time post-season RBI leader. Add in that he’s been the best CLUTCH player in baseball since his debut in 2011 according to Fangraphs.com’s metric.
The most impressive thing to me about watching Hosmer is how consistent and controlled he is at the plate. Gone are the wild, off balanced swings you would see from him upon occasion. If he continues to post good numbers, it will be the first time he’s enjoyed two good seasons in a row after yo-yoing between solid and suspect seasons at the plate ever since his rookie year in 2011.
Of course, the downside of his breakout is that he’ll probably become prohibitively expensive to resign. His agent is Scott Boras, and Boras has to be salivating about what he’ll be able to demand after the 2017 season.