Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:12:17 -0800
Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon is likely headed out of the leadoff spot and to the fifth spot following the acquisition of OF Norichika Aoki. "You never know what's going to happen with injuries (or) how people are going to play," Gordon said. "We're going to iron all that out in spring training." Manager Ned Yost has said Gordon will fall into the fifth spot behind 2B Omar Infante, 1B Eric Hosmer and DH Billy Butler.
Fantasy Tip: A move for Gordon to the fifth spot will provide many more RBI opportunities. His runs scored might take a hit, but his power numbers should rise. His fantasy appeal is on the way up batting in the middle of the order.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:26:52 -0800
The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with 1B Eric Hosmer Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.6 million deal.
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:30:59 -0800
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer said he's not talking with the team about a long-term extension. "I'm locked in for another four years, and we have guys whose contracts expire before mine," he said.
Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:02:24 -0700
Major League Baseball announced the Gold Glove winners Tuesday, Oct. 29. The winner in the American League are Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer, Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia, Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado, Kansas City Royals LF Alex Gordon, Baltimore Orioles CF Adam Jones and Boston Red Sox RF Shane Victorino.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:12:20 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer had three hits and five RBIs Monday, Aug. 5, and is hitting .315 with a .469 slugging percentage, 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in his last 70 games. He's made a big improvement on pitches on the inner half of the plate during this 70-game stretch. Prior to that, he swung and missed on one of every five swings against those pitches, but he's now missing once every seven swings. Hosmer has also dropped his ground-ball percentage from 59 percent to 51 percent. He's 15-for-32 with three home runs against fastballs 93 mph or harder, too.
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:33:00 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer started in right field against the New York Mets Saturday, Aug. 3, with DH Billy Butler starting at first base. Manager Ned Yost wanted to have both Hosmer and Butler in the lineup in a National League stadium because C Salvador Perez was getting the day off. "It definitely affects your defense, but you can't have it both ways in a National League game, so you've got to pick what you need," Yost said before the game. "And then hopefully we can get the lead and we can readjust in the sixth inning and get our defensive alignment right. But we've got to have the lead first."
Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:20:45 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Billy Butler is expected to sit the bench in all three games in a National League park this weekend, as the team will lose the designated hitter. The New York Mets will be starting three right-handed pitchers, which makes it easy to keep 1B Eric Hosmer at first base. Hosmer is hitting .308 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 48 games since June 7.
Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:40:00 -0700
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer has hit four homers in the last week and has his average up to .279 on the season.
Fantasy Tip: It's probably too late, but if he's on waivers, scoop him up.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:41:34 -0700
Kansas City Royals hitting coaches George Brett and Pedro Grifol made some changes to 1B Eric Hosmer's swing recently. "When we got here, his hands were in close (to his head)," Brett said. "We moved them back a little bit. So now, he doesn't have to move his hands back to hit. They're already back. Now, he just has to bring them forward." Since the change, Hosmer is batting .296 and has been able to pull the ball more often. Brett thinks Hosmer has less going on with his hands now since they're better positioned, which reduces the movement in his swing.
"His swing is shorter," manager Ned Yost said. "He's in a better position to pull the ball. His stride is shorter. He's backed up off the plate. He's getting more extension to his swing. He's getting the bat head out on pitches in." Hosmer has seven extra-base hits in 18 games heading into Tuesday, June 18, after having just eight in his previous 48 games.
Fantasy Tip: Hosmer's power numbers have yet to come around, but the fact that he's made an adjustment at the plate and is seeing encouraging results should be enough for you to continue to keep faith in him. If he continues to pull the ball more regularly, the power should follow soon enough.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:03:17 -0700
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday, June 7, that he would prefer to stick with his current lineup alignment for the foreseeable future, which means 1B Eric Hosmer serving in the two-hole, and C Salvador Perez working from the third spot of the order.