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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Eric Hosmer (Credit: Aflac)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Eric Hosmer
Position:First Baseman
School:American Heritage HS (Fla.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:215 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/29/08
Game(s):Key West HS

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Hosmer is an advanced high school hitter who has an excellent approach, balance and bat speed.
Power:He's got average power right now, but there's plenty of room for more once he closes holes up and in.
Running Speed:He is a well below-average runner.
Base Running:The below-average speed makes him a bit of a clogger.
Arm Strength:He's got an above-average arm, a rarity for a first baseman.
Fielding:Hosmer has soft hands and can really pick it at first.
Range:He moves surprisingly well and has good range.
Physical Description:Hosmer is a big, strong left-handed first baseman who's drawn comparisons to Casey Kotchman, both in size and hitting ability.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:An advanced approach at the plate, plenty of power potential -- he's just an all-around offensive package.
Weaknesses:The one weakness in his offensive game is on pitches up and in. He tucks his hands and anything thrown hard and inside will give him some trouble.
Summary:Arguably the top high school bat in the Draft class, the lefty first baseman has drawn comparisons to Casey Kotchman for his advanced hitting approach, though he might not quite be there. He's got a ton of upside with the bat, both in terms of hitting for average and power and he's surprisingly nimble defensively. Teams who like high school hitters with potential to move fairly quickly will be on Hosmer all spring.