By Matt Snyder
Highly-touted Royals prospect Eric Hosmer isn't going to be destroying minor-league pitching any longer. Thursday afternoon, he was called up to the show (Mike Swanson on Twitter) -- less than a day after Danny Knobler noted he was on the fast track. As a corresponding move, Kila Ka'aihue was optioned to the minors.
Hosmer was a top 10 prospect in all of baseball on pretty much every list there was heading into this season and he's done nothing but increase his stock with what he's done in Triple-A this year. He's hitting .439 with five doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI, 21 runs and a 1.107 OPS in 26 games. He's gotten on base more than half the time as he's walked more times (19) than he's struck out (16). Last season he hit .338 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI in 137 games between Class A-Advanced and Double-A.
The Miami, Florida product is only 21 years old and has been in the Royals system since he was drafted third overall in the 2008 draft out of high school.
Ka'aihue was granted the job at first base for the Royals out of camp, but he's scuffled thus far, hitting just .195 with a .295 OBP and 26 stirkeouts in 82 at-bats.
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