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July 6, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Hosmer finally showing signs of promise

Eric Hosmer was considered a breakout candidate prior to the 2012 season.

Hosmer — long considered a top prospect — raked in spring training, hitting .389 with five homers and 29 RBI and had prospective fantasy owners salivating. He was a trendy pick in drafts and many were counting on a big season out of the Kansas City first baseman.

Then the wheels fell off.

Hosmer, who had been expected to provide some power, hit only 14 homers and drove in only 65 runs in 2012. Not exactly what his disciples were expecting when they were extolling his virtues prior to the season.

He started off slow once again this year, notching just one homer and 16 RBI in April and May. Many were questioning whether he would ever fulfill his potential.

But then he finally broke out in June.

Hosmer has eight homers, 19 RBI and 25 runs scored, along with a .310 average and three stolen bases in the last 30 days. More over, of those eight homers, seven have been hit in the last 14 days. So clearly Hosmer is seeing the ball well at the plate right now.

The key question becomes is this an aberration? Or, is it a case of Hosmer finally putting things together and finding his power stroke? Only time will tell. Unfortunately, with his ownership rate climbing to 72 percent time is not really something to waste if you’re considering picking him up. I say pull the trigger and at the very least ride the streak and then make adjustments as they’re needed if Hosmer falters.

It’s hard to give Hosmer the benefit of the doubt when he’s burned so many in the past. But if you believed the hype which made him the No. 8-ranked prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season, then he’s worth a flier.

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