I don’t get it. Why is Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals struggling? Doesn’t he realize he has about 500,000 hitting coaches around the Kansas City area, myself included?
Here’s what we know about Hosmer:
- He’s not hitting the ball very well right now
- He’s not hitting for much power
- He’s swinging at a lot of pitches out of the zone
- He’s swinging early in counts
- He’s choking the top of the Royals batting order
These are the chief complaints you can find at a moment’s notice on sports-talk radio, Facebook, Twitter, Royals forums, etc. Most of them are very accurate. However, there’s one that doesn’t make a bit of difference in the world. I’ll tackle that one later, but first, about those pitchforks.
Let’s get the most absurd sentiment out of the way first. Hosmer is not–SHOULD NOT–be demoted to AAA-Omaha. We’ve all heard someone say it, and we may have even muttered the same to ourselves, but it’s an ill-conceived notion to say the least.
For starters, and probably most importantly, a demotion of Hosmer would hurt the team on the defensive side of the ball. For a team that relies so heavily on pitching and defense, removing a Gold Glove winner would be a detriment. Not only that, but you’re likely replacing him with Billy Butler. Butler’s glove, and especially his range, are a far cry from what Hosmer provides.
Then there’s the other problem in that Omaha isn’t exactly burgeoning with talent. So, if by some crazy chance Hosmer were to be demoted, who are you replacing him with? There just isn’t anyone really knocking on the MLB door.
The best predictor of the future is the past. I feel like this applies to Hosmer as well. While his career has been relatively short, it has been very consistent in that he is a second-half hitter. So, as the mercury rises, so goes Hosmer.