Hosmer best of rookie position players 

May, 17, 2011
First basemen lead the way for the position-player rookies, with three of the top four on the list, including newly promoted Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals. None of the position players are lighting it up, but the talent is there. Here are scouting reports on the top 12 (click on the player links for updated stats):

1. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City -- Hosmer has great hand-eye coordination, which allows for above-average pitch recognition. He has light-tower power to all fields that comes from explosive hip torque and strong wrists and forearms. Hosmer will be a high OPS player who someday could have 30-40 home run production and compete for the Triple Crown. Also, he will eventually compete with Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez for a Gold Glove at first base.

2. Hank Conger, C, LA Angels -- Conger is the Angels' best offensive catcher, with potential for 15-20 home run power from both sides of the plate. He has great makeup and aptitude, and his ability to call a game and his pitch sequencing continue to improve. He has a strong arm and in time will end up as the Angels' No. 1 catcher. Having the opportunity to learn from Mike Scioscia and Jeff Mathis will expedite his development behind the plate.