Royals Notes: Hosmer, Arguelles

The Royals defeated the Orioles this afternoon to earn their fifth victory in their last six games.  The big headline of the day for Kansas City, however, has to do with a certain minor league call-up…

  • The Royals announced that Eric Hosmer has been called up to the big leagues to replace Kila Ka'aihue at first base.  Hosmer was the third overall pick of the 2008 amateur draft and was rated by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the game before this season.  He has a career .886 OPS in the minors, and had a superb .439/.525/.582 line in 118 plate appearances for Triple-A Omaha this season.
  • MLB.com's Dick Kaegel says the club wanted Hosmer to have around 250 Triple-A at-bats before coming to the majors, but it's interesting that K.C. pulled the trigger now and not next month.  The early call-up means that Hosmer is likely to pick up enough service time to become a Super Two player, meaning he'll earn an extra year of salary arbitration.  This, of course, depends on if the Super Two rules aren't changed in the next collective bargaining agreement.
  • Noel Arguelles is pitching well in his first month of pro baseball, writes Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star.
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