He won’t be your prototypical, power-hitting first baseman, but Eric Hosmer looks poised to be a top player at the position for years to come. He will be hitting in the middle of a Kansas City lineup that scored the 10th most runs in 2011 so his runs and RBI totals should be just fine. The question is whether Hosmer can improve on his home run totals, which will be tough playing in Kauffman Stadium. Hosmer hit just three of his 19 home runs at home last season and that could be an issue for his power potential going forward.
Best case scenario: Joey Votto (CIN) with smaller power numbersSimilar players: Billy Butler (KC), Freddie Freeman (ATL) with more power, Hunter Pence (PHI)Worst case scenario: Gaby Sanchez (MIA)
Batting average, steals. While Hosmer’s xBA was only .275 last year it had a lot to do with his aggressive nature at the plate (36.7 O-Swing%). As he gets older, he will learn to be more selective and if he cuts down on unnecessary swings he should make be...