Eric Hosmer: “The Papo Effect”

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On February 19, 2018, the San Diego Padres made a long-term investment, signing the free agent star first baseman. Eric Hosmer, 28-years-old, is 6-foot-4 with a 225 pound build and an impressive 14.2 career WAR. Hosmer landed the biggest guaranteed payout of the MLB offseason when he agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal with San Diego. The contract includes a $5 million signing bonus and an opt-out clause after 2022.
2018 to 2022 San Diego Padres: $20 million a year.
2023 to 2026 San Diego Padres: $13 million a year.

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

 2018 Stats

DATE OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
03/29/2018 MIL 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000
03/30/2018 MIL 4 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 .250
03/31/2018 MIL 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 .333
04/02/2018 COL 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .375

Eric Hosmer Hitting Stats

YEAR  TEAM LG LEVEL G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS GO/AO
2008 IDF PIO ROK 3 11 2 4 6 2 0 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 .364 .533 .545 1.079 1.50
2009 BUR MID A(Full) 79 280 31 71 107 17 2 5 49 44 3 68 3 2 .254 .352 .382 .734 2.58
2009 WIL CAR A(Adv) 27 97 9 20 29 2 2 1 10 9 0 22 0 0 .206 .280 .299 .579 3.67
2009 2 teams Minors 106 377 40 91 136 19 4 6 59 53 3 90 3 2 .241 .334 .361 .695 2.82
2010 WIL CAR A(Adv) 87 325 48 115 177 29 6 7 51 44 6 39 11 1 .354 .429 .545 .974 1.88
2010 NWA TEX AA 50 195 39 61 120 14 3 13 35 15 2 27 3 1 .313 .365 .615 .980 1.51
2010 2 teams Minors 137 520 87 176 297 43 9 20 86 59 8 66 14 2 .338 .406 .571 .977 1.72
2011 OMA PCL AAA 26 98 21 43 57 5 0 3 15 19 0 16 3 0 .439 .525 .582 1.107 1.28
2011 KC AL MLB 128 523 66 153 243 27 3 19 78 34 7 82 11 5 .293 .334 .465 .799 1.43
2012 KC AL MLB 152 535 65 124 192 22 2 14 60 56 4 95 16 1 .232 .304 .359 .663 1.55
2013 KC AL MLB 159 623 86 188 279 34 3 17 79 51 4 100 11 4 .302 .353 .448 .801 1.59
2014 OMA PCL AAA 2 10 2 3 6 0 0 1 3 1 0 3 0 0 .300 .364 .600 .964 3.00
2014 KC AL MLB 131 503 54 136 200 35 1 9 58 35 4 93 4 2 .270 .318 .398 .716 1.35
2015 KC AL MLB 158 599 98 178 275 33 5 18 93 61 6 108 7 3 .297 .363 .459 .822 1.73
2016 KC AL MLB 158 605 80 161 262 24 1 25 104 57 5 132 5 3 .266 .328 .433 .761 2.18
2017 KC AL MLB 162 603 98 192 300 31 1 25 94 66 3 104 6 1 .318 .385 .498 .882 2.19
2018 SD NL MLB 3 12 0 4 6 2 0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 .333 .429 .500 .929
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
MLB Career MLB 1051 4003 547 1136 1757 208 16 127 568 362 33 717 60 19 .284 .343 .439 .781 1.70

Eric Hosmer Career Fielding Stats

YEAR  TEAM LG LEVEL POS G GS INN TC PO A E DP PB SB CS RF FPCT
2008 IDF PIO ROK 1B 1 1 9.0 10 10 0 0 0 10.00 1.000
2009 WIL CAR A(Adv) 1B 25 25 219.0 229 211 17 1 20 9.12 .996
2009 BUR MID A(Full) 1B 60 60 492.2 490 445 41 4 46 8.10 .992
2009 2 teams Minors 1B 85 85 711.2 719 656 58 5 66 8.40 .993
2010 NWA TEX AA 1B 43 42 359.1 360 331 27 2 43 8.33 .994
2010 WIL CAR A(Adv) 1B 80 80 695.1 672 619 45 8 58 8.30 .988
2010 2 teams Minors 1B 123 122 1054.2 1032 950 72 10 101 8.31 .990
2011 KC AL MLB 1B 127 127 1135.2 1182 1096 78 8 101 9.24 .993
2011 OMA PCL AAA 1B 23 22 196.2 209 187 19 3 23 8.96 .986
2012 KC AL MLB 1B 148 142 1277.0 1295 1183 103 9 132 8.69 .993
2012 KC AL MLB RF 3 2 16.0 3 1 1 1 0 0.67 .667
2012 KC AL MLB OF 3 2 16.0 3 1 1 1 0 0.67 .667
2013 KC AL MLB OF 1 1 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2013 KC AL MLB 1B 158 153 1372.1 1335 1205 122 8 118 8.40 .994
2013 KC AL MLB RF 1 1 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2014 OMA PCL AAA 1B 2 2 18.0 23 19 4 0 2 11.50 1.000
2014 KC AL MLB 1B 130 126 1121.2 1141 1043 88 10 85 8.70 .991
2015 KC AL MLB 1B 154 152 1354.2 1366 1261 101 4 121 8.84 .997
2015 KC AL MLB RF 1 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2015 KC AL MLB OF 1 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2016 KC AL MLB 1B 154 154 1351.0 1320 1240 74 6 118 8.53 .995
2017 KC AL MLB 1B 157 155 1338.0 1314 1235 75 4 124 8.34 .997
2018 SD NL MLB 1B 3 3 30.0 34 31 3 0 4 11.33 1.000
Minors Career 5 teams Minors 1B 234 232 1990.0 1993 1822 153 18 192 8.44 .991
MLB Career MLB OF 5 3 25.0 3 1 1 1 0 0.40 .667
MLB Career MLB RF 5 3 25.0 3 1 1 1 0 0.40 .667
MLB Career MLB 1B 1031 1012 8980.1 8987 8294 644 49 803 8.67 .995

Eric Hosmer 2018 Projections

Duration G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Rest of Season 142 544 73 154 255 29 1 23 81 60 3 110 4 2 .283 .354 .467 .821
Cumulative 145 556 73 158 261 31 1 23 83 62 3 113 4 2 .284 .356 .468 .823

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.

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