2013 Fantasy Baseball: Buy Low on Eric Hosmer

By Rich Arleo
Eric Hosmer
Peter G. Aiken – USA Today Sports

Fantasy baseball owners hoping for a breakout season from Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer have been extremely disappointed thus far this season, some to the point of dropping him to the waiver wire.

While there hasn’t been much to like so far this season, he has gotten it going a bit in June and finally hit his second home run of the year on Thursday. Owners would be wise to try to acquire Hosmer on the cheap while they still can.

Hosmer, a prospect with respectable power coming up through the minor leagues, entered June with only 10 extra base hits. That’s just 10 extra base hits in two months, which was good for a slugging percentage below .350; which, in case you weren’t aware, is absolutely pathetic…especially for a first baseman.

The 23-year-old had displayed impressive power in the minors in 2010 before getting the call to the bigs shortly into the 2011 season. He immediately had success with 19 home runs, 66 RBI and a solid .799 OPS in 128 games that year. Unfortunately, Hosmer hit a wall last season and hit only 14 home runs with a .663 OPS in 152 games.

The hope was that Hosmer could get that power stroke back this season, but up until recently he hasn’t had it. In June, however, he is now 15-for-47 (.319) with two doubles, five RBI and an actual home run this month. If he’s going to continue to hit for power, he has to get that groundball percentage down from the awful 60 percent it’s currently at. It doesn’t look like the power potential is going to be where many thought it would, but he can still hit 20-plus if he can get the ball in the air a bit more.

After showing some positive signs lately, he should be targeted now. What he’s done lately isn’t going to be enough to make owners want to hold on to him just yet, and he’s still available on the wire in over 50 percent of ESPN leagues. If he’s out there in one of your leagues, go ahead and grab him. If he’s owned, put out a feeler and see if you can get him in a low risk, high reward deal.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.

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