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K.C. Hobson

#18 | 1B
Lancaster Barnstormers
Name: Kristopher Clell Hobson
Born: Aug 22, 1990 in Bakersfield, CA
High School: Stockdale HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 230 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 6th round (190th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 (signed for $500,000)
KC Hobson is the son of Butch Hobson, well known to baseball fans as the former third baseman and later manager of the Boston Red Sox. Unlike his dad, KC bats and throws left handed. The younger Hobson is 6'2" tall and 210 pounds, with a mature and powerful build. A pitcher and first baseman, Hobson is the type of player who shows ability at both spots, but perhaps not quite enough to warrant first three round attention. On the mound, Hobson has an impressive but not overwhelming arm. His fastball sits from 87 to 90, peaking at 91. Hobson's 72 to 74 curve will show some sharp break occasionally, but he has poor command and exhibits difficulty controlling both pitches. Undoubtedly, Hobson's arm is sufficient for one of the corner outfield spots, however, he doesn't run well enough to play beyond the infield. That leaves first base as his probable defensive home. Hobson displays interesting potential as a hitter. Fundamentally sound and blessed with outstanding power, Hobson can put on eye opening batting practice spectacles Unfortunately, his performances at the plate in game situations can be uneven, and he has shown difficulties in making consistent hard contact. Hobson's big league lineage will unquestionably assist him in the draft. His value is perhaps highest as a power hitting lefthanded first baseman.
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