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Eric Hosmer fell victim to the sophomore slump last season after having a stellar rookie year. He saw his numbers decline in hits, home runs, RBI and batting average and spent this past offseason trying to figure out why.
Over the past few months he has spent a lot of time focusing on his hitting and believes the decline was attributed to "leaking out in front with my back side a lot." He elaborated by saying, via The Kansas City Star:
That caused me not to be able to catch up on pitches, he said. Then I wanted to get going earlier because I was late on pitches. It got worse. I’d see a breaking ball but, because I’m cheating earlier and already going, I didn't have enough time to hold back.
Since he replaced Mark Teixeira on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, he spent limited time in spring training but did hit .364, one home run and nine RBI in 33 at-bats. The Royals are hoping Hosmer's work this winter will help him get back to hitting like he did his rookie season.