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Kansas City Royals: What Eric Hosmer's Call-Up Means for Offense

Royals' prospect Eric Hosmer will get his chance to shine after the team promoted him from Triple-A Omaha earlier today.
Royals' prospect Eric Hosmer will get his chance to shine after the team promoted him from Triple-A Omaha earlier today.
Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMay 5, 2011

Shortly after the Royals' 9-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon, the Royals made a big roster move.

Royals' top first-base prospect Eric Hosmer has been promoted to the big league team from Triple-A Omaha, as current first-baseman Kila Ka'aihue will be sent down to Omaha to work on his swing.

Hosmer, nicknamed "The Horse," had been torching Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .439 batting average in a little over a month playing for the Storm Chasers.

His promotion comes as somewhat of a surprise, as many close to the organization thought that another top hitting prospect, third-baseman Mike Moustakas, would be the first one to make the jump to the majors.

Unfortunately for Moustakas, he had a rough spring, struggling with a .235 batting average while making several defensive miscues at the hot corner for the Storm Chasers.

But this is Hosmer's time, as the Mike Moustakas era in Kansas City has been put on hold, at least for now.

Adding Hosmer to the Royals will really improve the overall offense and defense of the team.

He brings an impact bat to the middle of the lineup and has the power to hit a ball 450-plus feet on occasion.

He also displayed great patience once again in the minors this season, as he had more walks than strikeouts at the time of his call-up earlier today.

Hosmer has also been labeled has having gold-glove potential at first-base, which is where the Royals will be putting him in his major-league debut against the Oakland Athletics tomorrow night at the K.

At only 21 years old, Eric Hosmer has his entire major league career ahead of him, and now is the time for this talented young prospect to make it happen for both him and the Royals.

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