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Eric Hosmer is quietly having a really good year at age 23

Sep 9, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a very nice rookie season as a 21-year-old in 2011, but then dropped off significantly last year and continued to struggle early on this season. There were even jokes made when Team USA chose the former No. 3 overall pick to replace Mark Teixeira in the World Baseball Classic this spring.

However, after a rough first couple months Hosmer has turned things around in a big way by hitting .322 with 15 homers, 22 doubles, and a strong 50/32 K/BB ratio in 91 games since June 1. And he’s still just 23 years old, which is younger than many prominent rookies.

Overall he’s hit .302 with an .807 OPS in 141 games as one of just three under-25 first basemen (Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo are the others) across MLB with at least 300 plate appearances.

Beyond this season, here’s a list of all the first basemen since 1990 to qualifying for the batting title at age 23 or younger while posting an adjusted OPS+ above 115: Hosmer, Freeman, Billy Butler, Prince Fielder, Paul Konerko, John Olerud, Jeff Bagwell. That’s it. That’s the whole list.

  1. elwaysagenius - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    It’s almost as if when you have as many elite prospects as the royals did a few years ago, one of them might pan out

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      That third base phenom Gordon did not pan out. Whatever happened to him?

      • dkbdspi - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        That phenom that that didn’t pan out has won two straight gold gloves in left field and also led the majors in doubles for two years. Gordon also leads in assists and is one of the top left fielders in baseball.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        Oh that Gordon? The guy who has starred on my fantasy team for 3 years.

  2. concussedmorneau - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Hosmer is pretty good with the glove, too.

  3. Tyree Studio - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    It’s your turn Mike Moustakas.

  4. icanspeel - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    It’s funny since a lot of people seemed to give up on him last year, but he is still really young. The likes of Trout, Harper, Machado kind of ruined the grading curve

  5. thomas844 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I hope the Royals make the playoffs this year. Who wouldn’t want to see a Royals vs. Pirates World Series?

  6. weaselpuppy - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    The really scary guy is Sally Perez. He just ooozes Johnny Bench….

  7. thehawg - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Saw Hosmer pitch in high school, had 90 plus fastball. If he couldn’t hit, he could be major league reliever .

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