While Hosmer put up solid stats across the board in 2017, he had his worst hard-hit rate since 2011 with a 29.5 percent mark, a drop of 4.9 percent from 2016. Hosmer hits a lot of ground balls, so expecting an increase in home runs is not realistic. The positive with Hosmer is durability, which allows him to get good counting stats and a high floor for average, a category that can go undervalued. Hosmer has appeared in 1,048 games and surpassed the 158-game mark in four of his seven seasons.
Hosmer is not exactly a Statcast king defensively. Last year, he ranked 85th in average exit velocity on line drives and fly balls (94.1 mph) and tied for 46th in overall exit velocity (89.6 mph), but still won the 2017 American League Gold Glove. Hosmer has been a high-end offensive producer who makes an above-average amount of contact, a skill that’s all the more valuable in today’s strikeout-heavy games.
Hosmer said he is ready to embrace a leadership role for the Padres, who haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006 or logged a winning record since 2010, and have lost the only two World Series appearances since their inception in 1969. He hopes to convey some of the winning mindset that he developed as a pivotal member of Kansas City’s 2015 championship club.
“Every player’s goal is to ultimately win a world championship,” Hosmer said. “To be able do that in Kansas City was amazing. To have that taste and understand what it means to a city and how much joy and excitement it brings to the people out there, it’s an experience I can sit here and talk about all day. It’s something that drives you as a player — to try to bring back as many as you can.
“You see how San Diego as a city is begging for a sports team to go in there and bring some excitement and some energy. I saw the direction the organization was going, and I saw the people at the top of the mountain who were leading the organization, and I bought into what they’re trying to do here.” Source: ESPN – Jerry Crasnick
“He’s as athletic as anybody in Major League Baseball,” Green said. “You don’t hit 30 home runs and steal 20-plus bases if you’re not. He can fly. … He’s got plenty enough speed to play literally anywhere on the baseball field. I don’t think anything’s going to be a real challenge for him that way.” Source: MLB.com
As a leader, Eric Hosmer must:
1) Trust his team. Padres have scouting reports. Hosmer will be paying attention to the information gathered, the history revealed, the competitive intelligence right at his fingertips. Gain the trust by asking others for their opinions and input.
2) Trust his instincts. Don’t second guess yourself. Instead, push yourself to seize opportunities. When you need to have an impact, do the unexpected. If you are always analyzing instead of acting, you may find yourself stranded on base at the end of every game.
3) Commit. Once Hosmer makes a move, he must give it his all. If only partially committed, they’ll only be partially successful. If experiencing doubt, keep running to the plate. Making a full-on effort is always better than bailing out too soon.
4) Stay in the moment. Be alert and opportunistic. Can’t ever go on autopilot and expect someone else to signal you when the moment is now or never. Hosmer made this decision on his own without a coach’s input or permission. He was only able to do this because he recognized the unique possibility in that split second when the ball was thrown to first.
5) Play fearlessly. Royals manager Ned Yost was quoted as saying “We just want our players to play fearlessly. You cannot be the best if you are afraid.” Hosmer was at his very best. He led the team because he showed no fear. By tying the game, he put the game into extra innings. His confidence was contagious, infusing the Royals’ dugout with hope and determination. Fearful leaders inspire no one. Source: peoplefirstps.com
Eric Hosmer Hitting Stats
|Minors Career||5 teams||Minors||274||1016||152||317||502||69||13||30||165||135||11||177||20||4||.312||.393||.494||.887||2.01|
Eric Hosmer Career Fielding Stats
|Minors Career||5 teams||Minors||1B||234||232||1990.0||1993||1822||153||18||192||8.44||.991|
Eric Hosmer 2018 Projections
|Rest of Season||142||544||73||154||255||29||1||23||81||60||3||110||4||2||.283||.354||.467||.821|
Off the field, Hosmer has been very active in the Kansas City community, including with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Greater Kansas City Firefighter Local 42 Community Assistance organization. He’s a two-time nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given yearly to the major leaguer who best combines community involvement with sportsmanship and contributions to his team. Source: mlbtraderumors
Eric Hosmer is a statistical madman on a mission in San Diego for the Commissioner’s Trophy. Anything less would be considered an organization fail.