Taking a look at San Diego Padres’ left-handed hitter Eric Hosmer
2020 was Eric Hosmer’s best season as a San Diego Padre.
He only played in 38 out of 60 games but was still able to put up impressive numbers with a .287 batting average with nine home runs and 36 RBIs. It was Hosmer’s highest average since 2016 and highest as a member of the Padres.
Hosmer is in year four of an eight-year, $144 million contract. When the Padres signed him they expected him to bring his leadership and experience that he displayed with the Kansas City Royals. The first baseman brings new energy and excitement to a team that has been lacking both over the last decade. His most memorable moment in 2020 is the grand slam he slugged against the Texas Rangers completing “Slam Diego”, in which the Padres hit a grand slam in four consecutive games. Eric Hosmer and the Padres look to bring that same energy and excitement into the 2021 season.
After two down seasons in San Diego, Hosmer seemed to turn the corner last year, posting his best numbers as a Padre in the shortened season. Last year he batted .330 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs against right-handed pitching, which is up from his lifetime average against righties which sits at .292. He is also a .283 hitter at Petco Park, which is great given that it’s a pitcher’s ballpark and a lot of hitters seem to struggle there. At opposing National League West ballparks, Hosmer batted .357 in 2020 which is a good signing moving forward into 2021. Hosmer has won a World Series, doing so in 2015 with the Kansas City Royals. He brings postseason experience which will be vital for a young and talented Padres squad that hopes to make a deep playoff run in 2021 and beyond.
As mentioned before, the Padres signed Hosmer to help them win a world series. The only problem is that he has struggled in the postseason. In last year’s playoffs, Hosmer batted .160 and his lifetime average in the playoffs is .257, which isn’t great given the expectations. He is also 31 years old and entering his 11th major league campaign, so it will be interesting to see how many good years he has left as he is nearing the end of his prime. Hosmer is a lifetime .243 hitter against National League West opponents, which isn’t great for one of the Padres top paid players and someone that the team looks to be one of its best players. There are also some defensive concerns with the left-handed thrower.
Hosmer will be the starting first baseman for the Padres in 2021. Expect him to be the four or five-hitter and, if healthy, will probably have a .275-plus batting average with 18-25 home runs and 85-plus RBIs. He is very durable and will play around 150 games. Expect him to be a big contributor for the Padres, on and off the field. I would expect him to help the younger players out and be one of the main leaders in 2021 for a team that expects to play deep into October.