One Royals hitter who has taken well to the change in batting coaches which saw the hiring of George Brett and Pedro Grifo on May 30th, has been first baseman Eric Hosmer. After hitting .261 in the first two months of the season, Hosmer is hitting .306 this month to bump his average up to .275. However, the team hasn’t improved at all in overall average or power…in fact, things are worse. Before Brett took over, the Royals were hitting .261. Since then, they are hitting .247 and they are hitting fewer home runs and extra bases.
When the Royals traded with Tampa Bay for starting pitcher James Shields, they had to give up their number one prospect, outfielder Wil Myers. The Royals third round pick of 2009, was playing in his eighth major league game and first at home in Tampa last night. He didn’t disappoint their 11,000+ fans who trickled in to watch the game. Myers hit his second home run of his career in the middle of back to back to back homers for the Rays. Myers went 2 for 4 and is hitting .294 in his first eight games.