Royals Midseason Report





BEST PLAYER: Eric Hosmer, the third overall pick in the 2008 draft, was leading the minors with a .439 average and .525 on-base percentage with Triple-A Omaha when the Royals called him up on May 6.

"We feel the time is now," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said at the time. "We've had pretty much all our scouts . . . (say) 'He's ready and we need him on our major league team to help us.' "

Manager Ned Yost immediately put Hosmer in the everyday lineup and he batted .283 with five home runs and 17 RBIs en route to being named the organization's player of the month in May. He was hitting .268/.316/.404 overall. Hosmer, 21, has been an upgrade defensively at first base over Billy Butler and Kila Ka'aihue, who was sent back to Omaha upon Hosmer's arrival.

BIGGEST LEAP FORWARD: Righthander Kelvin Herrera has come a long way since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2006. He made just one start in 2009 for low Class A Burlington before going down with elbow problems and was limited to eight relief appearances last season with Burlington.

Herrera, a 21-year-old who works off a 96-99 mph fastball, opened this season with high Class A Wilmington and went 2-1, 0.61 in 15 innings before earning a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he was 2-0, 1.61 in 22 innings.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Lefthander Chris Dwyer was a Top 100 prospect coming into the season thanks to his plus fastball and above-average curveball. But Dwyer's command has deserted him this season, which explains his 2-8, 6.52 record for Northwest Arkansas. Dwyer has walked 5.6 batters per nine innings.

Even last year, some scouts believed Dwyer may end up as a power reliever. The 23-year-old still has time to prove he can remain in the rotation, but for now he's further from Kansas City than he was at the start of the season.

ROYALTIES

• Righthander Kevin Pucetas was removed from the 40-man roster when Mike Moustakas's contract was purchased from Omaha. Pucetas was outrighted to Omaha after clearing waivers.

• Rookie lefthander Everett Teaford, who posted a 2.84 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Kansas City, was optioned to Omaha when Bruce Chen was reinstated from the disabled list.