Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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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