Eric Hosmer poised for big things in 2013

Updated: April 8, 2013, 1:19 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer struggled in the team's first three-game series, and wasn't expected to start at all during the interleague weekend series in Philadelphia. After all, regular designated hitter Billy Butler is pretty established himself, and two players can't play first base at the same time. I attended Friday's Royals-Phillies game and was surprised to see Hosmer in the lineup, but not to see him explode with four hits and a walk, plus three RBIs in the 13-4 demolition.

The performance raised Hosmer's batting average from .111 to .357, and is another reminder why players shouldn't be evaluated from just a few games. Of course, in Hosmer's case the 2012 campaign was so frustrating -- for him, Royals fans and yes, fantasy owners -- that a slow start to this season will send many impatient fantasy owners to the waiver wire.

"It definitely felt good," a smiling Hosmer told me of his big Friday. "Days like this are big, and a big confidence booster. I'm not trying to do too much. I get my work in. I definitely trust my abilities. I stopped thinking about last year, I've moved on."