The Kansas City Royals have one of the most talented core group of young players in the majors. All of those early round draft picks and trades of talented players for prospects may actually be paying off.
On the heels of a 17-14 start, a great spring training campaign put together by Spring MVP Kila Kai’ahue, and the hot starts from Jeff Francoeur and Alex Gordon, the Royals are calling up top prospect Eric Hosmer from AAA Omaha.
Hosmer will actually replace Kai’ahue on the Royals roster after hitting .439 with 3 home runs and 15 RBI in triple-A. At the beginning of the season, most people in fantasy circles (and MLB circles, honestly) expected the Royals to call up Mike Moustakas before any other prospect in their system. As you can tell from Hosner’s crazy numbers, however, his call up is certainly warranted.
Learn what we expect from Hosner in the world of fantasy baseball AFTER the jump…
Eric Hosmer Fantasy Baseball Advice
Hosner certainly comes with high expectations after producing that killer AAA statline in less than 30 games, and he needs to produce. If the Royals are going to compete in the AL Central – which they actually believe they can – they need numbers from first base. While Kai’ahue crushed it in spring training, he slumped once the season started. Before being sent down, his average plummeted to .195.
So what can YOU expect from Hosmer as he enters the Bigs tonight against Oakland? Good average, potentially good run production… and not a lot of power. Most fantasy baseballers need power production out of their first base position. Hosmer is only 21-years old and lacks the power that makes for a sexy fantasy baseball prospect. Smaller leagues or mixed leagues might not have a need for Hosmer unless they are incredibly injury plagued. Even then, he probably still only warrants a bench spot.
However, for lineups that already have a Ryan Howard or Adam Dunn – players known for punishing the ball over the fence with a low batting average – Hosmer could be a quality source of batting average and run production at the 1B, CI, or utility positions.
At this time, Hosmer is only a must-add in fantasy baseball leagues that are AL-only or deep – like 16-team deep. Might want to add him to your watch list in other formats, though… especially if the Royals continue raking the ball the way they have to start the season.