While Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has burned more than a few in the fantasy baseball community as he developed at a young age in the major leagues, the former third overall pick in the 2008 draft had a semi-career season in 2016. We say semi-career season based on the fact that Hosmer set a personal best in home runs with 25 and in RBI with 104. On the flip side, Hosmer disappointed a bit as his average sank to a very mediocre .266 (down from .297 in 2015) and he lost 18 runs from the season prior (80-98). Hosmer has already made a career in terms of putting up numbers that are all over the map and so what he did in 2016 was just par for the course. He became a bit more of a free-swinger last season as his K/9 jumped up a bit to 19.8) and Hosmer’s BB/9 slipped a bit to 8.5 which contributed to the average dip. Keep in mind though that Hosmer was likely pressing some as the Kansas City lineup was ravaged with injuries last season, an issue that had him take on more of the offensive load. Finally, the earlier double-digit steal totals that Hosmer posted from 2011-13 (11, 16, and 11 respectively) seem to be gone already at the age of 27 since he has not topped 7 in any of the last three years. As a result, draft Hosmer as a 4-category first baseman who still has a smidge of upside remaining.
2017 PROJECTION: .288 24 HR 98 RBI 88 R 6 SB