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Eric Hosmer for Andrew McCutchen was the core part of a preseason trade last offseason in our Baseball Professor league. McCutchen excelled and became a potential first-round selection. Hosmer fell to 296th overall in the rankings.While it’s tough to ignore the .232 average Hosmer put up last year, there are reasons to be hopeful he can turn things around this season. His 18.5% line drive rate last year was almost the same as in 2011 when he batted .293, and his 9.7% infield fly rate was actually lowers than 2011′s 11.3% mark. His walk rate improved from 6.0% to 9.4%, and his strikeout rate only went up a tick from 14.6% to 15.9%.Hosmer’s peripherals mostly improved. His overall stats plummeted. Was it just another example of the dreaded sophomore slump or should we legitimately be worried about Hosmer’s chances of establishing himself as a valuable starting first baseman in 2013. Truthfully, it’ll take us a few months into this season to know for sure, but I’m still a believer in t...
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The Kansas City Royals are poised to turn a corner in 2013. Eric Hosmer and his return to form would be a big part of that.
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In a dismal sophomore year for Eric Hosmer, there was an encouraging statistic that jumps out. His power numbers took a big dip but he started to show patience at the plate and was able to increase...
The Kansas City Royals have very few “up for grabs” spots in Spring Training. Some players are going to have to really impress to crack the opening day roster this year.
Catcher Adam Moore is making an early attempt at impressing.
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Make no mistake, despite his soon to come departure to the World Baseball Classic, Salvador Perez is the Royals...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. There won't be any holding back for Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler this season.
After what even he described as an often rocky first year in the Royals' booth in 2012, Hudler vows to be more himself this time around.
That translates into even more enthusiasm, energy and sometimes over-the-top adventure from Uncle Hud.
"Look, it was a tough first year...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Billy Butler wanted to talk more about Adam Moore's feat than his own stellar performance.
Butler had two hits, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-4 Monday.
But he was most impressed with Moore's at-bat in the fifth. Moore pinch-hit for Butler after Max Ramirez had a pinch-hit grand slam...
The Royals Spring Training Report, a 30-minute special, airs Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City.
The show includes:
A one-on-one interview with new Royals ace James Shields
An interview with GM Dayton Moore on the Royals new acquisitions
Infielder Elliott Johnson micd up for photo day
A feature on the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation
Spring Training opened this past weekend with a few games between the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.
Finding positives and negatives from Spring games is hard because players may be working on a specific skill set that cause the stat lines to blur. When a hitter is trying to go the opposite way with every swing, he may go 0-for-4 at the plate. When a pitcher is working...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Terry Francona named his opening-day starter and then watched the Kansas City Royals thump a couple of Cleveland's relievers.
Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs Tuesday for the unbeaten Royals in a 4-1 win, handing Cleveland its first loss in six spring games.
Before the game, Francona told Justin Masterson in the dugout that he would be the...
Josh Bell attended the IMG Academy this off-season with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker.
The 2012 season was supposed to be the first full pro season for top outfield prospect Josh Bell. Instead, the outfielder went down early in the season with a knee injury. After undergoing MCL surgery, he was expected back by August. Some swelling in the knee held him out longer...