Friday, July 16, 2010

Hosmer on the Way

The fact is that Eric Hosmer is ready to be tested at the double A level. However, there is a bit of a logjam at the first base position in Springdale with sleeper prospect Clint Robinson mashing the ball to a tune of 18 homers, 61 Rbis, and a slash line of .314/.392/.591 and minor league free agent and Venezuelan Winter League MVP and Rookie of the Year Ernesto Mejia. Mejia is currently third on the team with 11 home runs and has a respectable triple slash line of .268/.334/.464. All three of these guys have proven themselves in high-A so that rules out a demotion for any of the above. This leaves the Royals with two solutions to the problem in my mind.

Solution 1: Promote Clint Robinson to triple A. Obviously this can only happen if a dominoe effect occurs starting at the Major League level. For example Jose Guillen being traded, Kila Ka'aihue assuming his role at DH, and then Clint taking over first base in Omaha. I personally believe that Clint is ready for a promotion, he has without a doubt earned it and given his age it would be nice to see him pushed up to the next level.

Solution 2: Clint Robinson adds a new position to his repetiore. Recently Rany suggested that Robinson could have the upside of a Ross Gload type of player. In order for this to happen Robinson is going to have to become an adequete fielder in left. Interestingly enough Robinson has been taking reps in fielding drills in left field recently for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. If Robinson can be servicable in Left it only improves his chances to contribute to the major league roster someday. But what these reps are really telling me is that Hosmer is on the way and that the Texas League better look out.

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