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Eric Hosmer
Birthdate: 10/24/1989 (27 y, 5 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/230     Position: 1B
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 3, Overall: 3, Team: Kansas City Royals
Contract: $12.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Hosmer (elbow) is batting fourth and playing first base during Sunday's Cactus League game against the Angels, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. (3/26/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Hosmer is a first-class talent with a coach-class approach. The 27-year-old has posted a near-.280 average with reasonable walk (8%) and strikeout (16%) rates since joining the league. He hits the ball hard but not for home runs. Instead, he buries the ball into the ground, heavily limiting his potential damage. Over the past three season, he hit 54% of his batted balls on the ground for the 16th-highest total in baseball (minimum 1000 plate appearances). Light-hitting speedsters like Ben Revere and Cesar Hernandez normally fill this leaderboard. It seems like Hosmer got jealous and aimed for the top spot in 2016, and he almost got it. He ranked second among qualified hitters with a 59% ground ball rate, getting beaten out only by Howie Kendrick. The rest of his game has remained relatively constant other than a strikeout increase hurting his batting average. More mediocre results should be expected with 20 home runs, 175 runs and RBI combined, and a .280 average being a reasonable projection. He is a low-end first baseman or a corner infield option in most leagues. (Jeff Zimmerman)

The Quick Opinion: Hosmer's heavy ground ball rate keeps him from joining the league's upper tier of first basemen.

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