Kansas City Royals Relying Heavily On Eric Hosmer's Bat

By John Raffel
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

He hasn’t had to hit home runs to prove his hitting prowess, but Eric Hosmer decided to do it anyway in the Kansas City Royals‘ 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

Hosmer belted a pair of home runs in the win and now has 11 for the season, and it was just another demonstration of the excellent season he’s been having at the plate. He arrived in MLB in 2011 with a strong performance in 128 games with a .293 batting average, 19 home runs and 78 RBIs.

He struggled last season in 152 games with a .232 average, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. There was a concern about his future potential, but Hosmer has come back with a fury this season and the Royals are benefiting as a result.

This has been the type of season the Royals feel they can expect from Hosmer. He usually can depended upon to reach base in some way. Even last year, his on base percentage was a decent .304 despite his poor batting average. This year, it’s up at .337, and his slugging percentage this season is an impressive .437 after slumping to .359 last year.

Hosmer is among the younger players who make the Royal organization smile when they think about the future. He continues to deliver at the right time and Kansas City, as a result, is starting to make a move to get back to the .500 mark. This Royals team might not yet ready to challenge for a divisional title, but with players like Hosmer in the fold, the time to contend for a championship may come sooner than some realize.

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