The Kansas City Royals are poised to turn a corner in 2013. Eric Hosmer and his return to form would be a big part of that.
In a dismal sophomore year for Eric Hosmer, there was an encouraging statistic that jumps out. His power numbers took a big dip but he started to show patience at the plate and was able to increase his walks dramatically. During his rookie campaign, Hosmer drew 34 walks and increased that number to 56 during the 2012 season. Early on in Spring Training, he is showing good pitch selection once again.
It is hard to make much of Spring stats. It is even harder to try to find something substantial about the stats this early. The one thing that jumped out of the recent box scores to me was Hosmer drawing two walks and then drilling an RBI triple on Tuesday.
The two walks brings his Spring total to three, in eleven plate appearances. His average is still low and, other than the triple, there are no extra base hits on his early record. Still, he is driving in runs early, striking out less, and driving a higher on base percentage. If he can translate that into his game come time for the regular season, the Royals and their fans will be very happy.
Hosmer’s power numbers will increase as his plate selection gets better. Many fans are frustrated with the under performance from Hosmer last season and rightfully so. The team is poised with a strong pitching staff to alter their makeup and show a willingness to win this season. To get there, Hosmer will need to be a big part of it.
Patience will be the key to his season.
Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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