Don't worry too much about Eric Hosmer

Updated: May 2, 2012, 11:23 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

It's early enough in the season that a player's batting average can be greatly affected by the statistic we know and love as BABIP, or batting average on balls in play. Really, a batting average can be affected all season -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson and his .396 BABIP from 2010 remains stunning -- but in general, when you see a sub-.200 BABIP, like the one Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is currently lugging around, better times are pending. It's only one month, but Hosmer enters Tuesday hitting .188, with a .164 BABIP, which is one of the reasons I'm not at all concerned about his development or fantasy value.

As we enter May baseball, I thought it would be a fine time to peer at the current BABIP trailers, because looking at the rest of Hosmer's numbers, it seems awfully odd that he'd be hitting so far below his listed weight of 230 pounds. The kid has five home runs and 13 RBIs, his walk rate is up a bit without coming at the expense of strikeouts, and he leads the Royals in runs scored. Frankly, Hosmer could be hitting .288 right now and it would look normal, but the fact he isn't should be viewed as good news for the patient owners.