Is Royals Prospect Eric Hosmer the Best Hitter to Come Out of 2008 Draft Class?

James FisherContributor IMarch 4, 2009

Is Eric Hosmer the best hitter to come out of the 2008 draft class?

As one of the most highly touted high school prospects of 2008, Eric Hosmer went third overall and signed a $6 million contract. We didn’t get to see much of him after he signed because of the Pedro Alvarez grievance. What we did see at Idaho Falls was 11 at-bats in three games where he batted .364/.533/.545 with four hits (two doubles), two RBI, and three walks.

Some scouts believe that his power is graded at a perfect 80. His swing has compared to that of Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, and that is one sweet swing. Hosmer has also shown a willingness to sit back and wait for pitches, which bodes well for his future.

He has a lot of work to do in Low Class A but seems to be the best all-around bat that was drafted last year despite coming out of high school. By drafting him third overall and paying him a huge amount of money, Kansas City shows a willingness to do what it takes to win, and that bodes well for the next few years.