From MLB.com website
KANSAS CITY — Things looked a lot better this season for Eric Hosmer, the Royals’ up-and-coming first baseman. And with good reason. After a disappointing 2009 campaign, he underwent laser eye surgery.
The results were eye-opening.
Hosmer, a first-round Draft choice in 2008, was in his first full season last year and batted just .254 at the low Class A club at Burlington, Iowa, with five homers in 79 games. The Royals promoted him to high Class A Wilmington, but he hit just .206 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 27 games.
So at the end of last season, he underwent LASIK surgery.
“It was definitely a big help,” Hosmer said. “I remember leaving Kansas City and Dr. [Daniel] Durrie’s office, and within hours, I was already seeing results. It was unbelievable. It was a great procedure and I’m glad I got it done.”
This year, the 6-foot-4 left-handed batter combined at Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas to hit .338 with a total of 20 homers and 86 RBIs. And he hit six more homers in the Texas League playoffs.
There was another way that Hosmer helped himself this year.
“I think I was more prepared this year before the games, putting a little more into it — getting to the field a little earlier, working with the hitting coaches, watching video. I think my preparation was a little better this year than last year,” he said.
Hosmer was talking from Puerto Rico, where he’s among six Royals prospects carrying the load for Team USA in the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament. The others are third baseman Mike Moustakas and left-handed pitchers Tim Collins, Danny Duffy, Mike Montgomery and Everett Teaford.
“It’s always fun to be able to come out and represent your country,” Moustakas said. “It’s just a real tribute to what the Royals have done with their organizations to be able to have six guys out here representing the Kansas City Royals.”
Team USA opens against Puerto Rico on Saturday night in Ponce.
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