First just want to say it’s good to be back online. My host site, or whatever then term is, BlogSpot has been down for 3 days. I had a couple of good rundowns on the days games wasted. Anyway we are back up so play ball!
Hosmer hit his 1st MLB HR in the Mecca of all MLB ballparks, Yankee Stadium this week. That hit coupled with his SF to center in the 11th gave the Royals the win over the Bronx Bombers. The next day he connected again for a HR. On the year now he is hitting .333 with 2 HR 5RBI and has as many walks as strike outs for the 21 year old. Add that all together and we get a tasty 1.156 OPS. Do we smell something special brewing here? Let’s see what Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer thinks. “In spring training Hosmer was ridiculous; he was as good as any hitter we had in camp.” Manger Ned Yost followed those comments with this gem. “He’s up there with the likes of Prince Fielder when he came up, with Ryan Braun when he came up, and Chipper Jones when he came up.” Remember Yost managed the Brewers when both Fielder and Braun were Rookies.
In the hitter friendly PCL league Hosmer was more than absurd at hitting a baseball. After his first 25 games he was hitting .430 with 3HR 14RBI and 3SB. He had coerced 18 walks for an unreal .518 OBS with only 15 Ks. He had a 7 game hitting streak where he went 16 for 26. Hosmer consistently hit 3rd in AAA and looks like he will hit 3rd 5th and 6th for the Royals while playing 1B. Still available in over 50% of leagues he should be seized now. I will be looking to pick him up in all leagues just to keep my competition away from him.