While he may not have electrified his anxious Royals supporters with a towering home-run or jaw-dropping performance, the likes of which some were eagerly anticipating, top-prospect Eric Hosmer appeared to fit in quite well in the major-league environment in his first series with Kansas City, against the Oakland Athletics.
‘Hos’ found the base-paths twice in Friday night’s series opener, both by way of a walk. However, K.C.’s first-baseman twice found himself behind in the count and showed ample patience and resiliency to battle back and earn a base on balls. The 21-year old slugger’s first career hit came in Saturday’s affair, a game in which his mere presence alone was enough to merit an intentional walk, thus setting the stage for Mike Aviles’ walk-off RBI sac fly. Finally, the youngster came through with a powerful RBI double in Sunday’s afternoon finale on a deep line drive off the right-field wall.
The final numbers: .333 batting average and .444 slugging percentage. Can’t complain about that! Could be much, much worse. Now the kid can hopefully start swinging the stick on a regular basis and relax as some of that overwhelming immediate hype begins to fade away.
Kansas City begins their next road-trip in the Bronx starting Tuesday night when they face the Yankees. Anything would be better than the abysmal 0-6 showing on the last slate of travel. Perhaps Hosmer’s bat will help prevent anything remotely similar to that kind of record. Catch the series preview here on Royals Treatment, as always!
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