Eric Hosmer, First Base, Kansas City Royals, #35


Date of Birth: 10/24/1989
Birthplace: South Miami, Florida
Current Salary: $12,250,000

Eric Hosmer, first baseman for the Kansas City Royals, started playing baseball as a child. He was drafted by the Royals in 2008, right after he completed high school. He spent his first three years with the Royals in the minor leagues.

Hosmer made his first appearance with the Royals on May 6, 2011. In 2011, his rookie season, Hosmer batted .293 with 153 hits, 27 doubles, 19 home runs, 78 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases in 128 games.

Hosmer had a strong 2013 season, batting .302 with 188 hits, 34 doubles, 17 home runs, 79 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases in 159 games. He also had a good defensive season and he won his first Gold Glove award. In 158 games, he had 122 assists, 1,205 putouts, 118 double plays, 8 errors, and a .994 fielding percentage.

Hosmer finished the 2014 season with 136 hits, 35 doubles, and a .270 batting average in 131 games. He fared better in the postseason, finishing with 20 hits, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 12 RBIs, and a .351 batting average in 57 at-bats in 15 games.

Hosmer won his second consecutive Gold Glove in 2014. In 130 games as a first baseman, he made 88 assists, 85 double plays, 1,043 putouts, and 10 errors and he had a .991 fielding percentage.

Hosmer and the Royals agreed to a two-year, $13.9 million contract on February 18, 2015. He had a strong 2015 season, finishing with 178 hits, 33 doubles, 18 home runs, a career high 93 RBIs, and a .297 batting average in 158 games. He won his third consecutive Gold Glove as a first baseman. He had a .997 fielding percentage and he made 101 assists, 121 double plays, 1,261 putouts, and 4 errors in 154 games. In 66 at-bats in 16 postseason games, he batted .212 with 14 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, 1 stolen base, and 17 RBIs. His 17 RBIs was a record high for a Royals player in the postseason (previous record holder was George Brett).

In 2016, Hosmer batted .266 in 158 games. He had 161 hits, 24 doubles, and career highs in home runs (25) and RBIs (104). Defensively, as the Royals' first baseman in 154 games, he made 74 assists, 118 double plays, 1,240 putouts, and 6 errors.

Career batting statistics for Hosmer through 2016 include:

  • 886 games played
  • 940 hits
  • 175 doubles
  • 102 home runs
  • 472 RBIs
  • 610 strikeouts to 294 walks
  • .277 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Hosmer at first base through 2016 include:

  • 871 games played
  • 566 assists
  • 675 double plays
  • 7,028 putouts
  • 45 errors
  • .994 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Eric Hosmer
ESPN - Eric Hosmer