Hobson Picking It Up

LANSING, MI - Lugnuts' first basemen, KC Hobson is quietly having a solid second half of baseball at the plate. Since the all-star break, he has a batting average of .310, which has boosted his season average from .243 to .269 in just over a month.

"The season's not going too bad, I think I'm swinging the bat well and I'm trying to drive in runs," Hobson said. "I've always been there [physically]. Early in the season, it seemed that I couldn't get things to fall for me, but you just have to keep trying and grind it out."

Hobson said that all he wanted to do start doing was to hit the ball hard somewhere and drive in as many runs as possible.

"I found something that works for me. I was changing and doing too many different things during the first half and then the second half, I stopped," Hobson said. "I focused on doing one thing and it has turned out well. I have been driving in runs and that is all I want to do."

Hobson had batted a .227 average in his first month of play in 2012, and has grown to hit with consistency since then. With the exception of June, he has increased his batting average each month, having at least 86 at-bats each of those months.

While working with coaches and staff, especially hitting coach Kenny Graham, KC's development would not be where it is without them.

"KC has done a great job with being more consistent," Graham said. "He is working to get pitches to hit, and when he gets them, he has been doing a lot of damage."

The damage being done by Hobson is resulting in run production. With 70 RBIs this season, he is giving the Lugnuts a better chance to win every day. Those runs batted in are a main component to Hobson's future and are key to his progression throughout the Toronto organization.

"With guys in scoring position, he has been tremendous and his RBI totals have really gone up," Graham said. "That's what KC has to be if he is going to move on in his career, he is going to have to drive in runs and have extra-base hits. He has done a great job with that in this second half."

Along with his batting average rising, Hobson has maintained a decent on base percentage during the course of this year. He has a .345 on base percentage entering Friday night's game, and is significantly higher than his average due to his team-leading 47 walks. It appears that Hobson's patience is crucial to him reaching base.

"I just try and get a good pitch to it. For me, the good pitch to hit could come the first pitch or it could be the last," Hobson said. "Everyone chases pitches, but I try and limit those times where I chase and try to get a pitch that I can really drive [or take]."

Hobson stands at six foot and two inches, 205 pounds, and is often sought after for his productive bat. Although he has a bigger frame, he has not let that get in the way with his play in the corner infield.

In fact, manager John Tamargo is most impressed with his progression and maturity at first base during this season.

"The major reason he came back here [to Lansing] was because of his defense," Tamargo said. "His defense has improved, his range has improved, his overall ability and foot work around the bag, everything has improved. He is progressing nicely."

Hobson realized that his fielding had to be further developed in order to climb up the ranks within this organization. He accredits repetition to his strong development for the infield.

"It just took reps, and more reps and learning from those," Hobson said. "My routine is the same, but repetition in game situations helped and trying to relax at over there at first."

As the season winds down, Hobson has a couple of goals he would like to conquer. He would like to be the team winning the championship this year, instead of the team watching the other hoisting the trophy.

"We are already in the playoffs," Hobson said. "We lost in the championship last year and it would be nice to win this year."

His run production has been a theme through this season and he has a certain number in mind he would like to reach.

"I would like to get 80-85 RBIs," Hobson said. "That seems to be ‘doable,' so hopefully our guys continue to get on base in front of me."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"The season's not going too bad, I think I'm swinging the bat well and I'm trying to drive in runs,\" Hobson said. \"I've always been there [physically]. Early in the season, it seemed that I couldn't get things to fall for me, but you just have to keep trying and grind it out.\"
\r\n
\r\nHobson said that all he wanted to do start doing was to hit the ball hard somewhere and drive in as many runs as possible.
\r\n
\r\n\"I found something that works for me. I was changing and doing too many different things during the first half and then the second half, I stopped,\" Hobson said. \"I focused on doing one thing and it has turned out well. I have been driving in runs and that is all I want to do.\"
\r\n
\r\nHobson had batted a .227 average in his first month of play in 2012, and has grown to hit with consistency since then. With the exception of June, he has increased his batting average each month, having at least 86 at-bats each of those months.
\r\n
\r\nWhile working with coaches and staff, especially hitting coach Kenny Graham, KC's development would not be where it is without them.
\r\n
\r\n\"KC has done a great job with being more consistent,\" Graham said. \"He is working to get pitches to hit, and when he gets them, he has been doing a lot of damage.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe damage being done by Hobson is resulting in run production. With 70 RBIs this season, he is giving the Lugnuts a better chance to win every day. Those runs batted in are a main component to Hobson's future and are key to his progression throughout the Toronto organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"With guys in scoring position, he has been tremendous and his RBI totals have really gone up,\" Graham said. \"That's what KC has to be if he is going to move on in his career, he is going to have to drive in runs and have extra-base hits. He has done a great job with that in this second half.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlong with his batting average rising, Hobson has maintained a decent on base percentage during the course of this year. He has a .345 on base percentage entering Friday night's game, and is significantly higher than his average due to his team-leading 47 walks. It appears that Hobson's patience is crucial to him reaching base.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just try and get a good pitch to it. For me, the good pitch to hit could come the first pitch or it could be the last,\" Hobson said. \"Everyone chases pitches, but I try and limit those times where I chase and try to get a pitch that I can really drive [or take].\"
\r\n
\r\nHobson stands at six foot and two inches, 205 pounds, and is often sought after for his productive bat. Although he has a bigger frame, he has not let that get in the way with his play in the corner infield.
\r\n
\r\nIn fact, manager John Tamargo is most impressed with his progression and maturity at first base during this season.
\r\n
\r\n\"The major reason he came back here [to Lansing] was because of his defense,\" Tamargo said. \"His defense has improved, his range has improved, his overall ability and foot work around the bag, everything has improved. He is progressing nicely.\"
\r\n
\r\nHobson realized that his fielding had to be further developed in order to climb up the ranks within this organization. He accredits repetition to his strong development for the infield.
\r\n
\r\n\"It just took reps, and more reps and learning from those,\" Hobson said. \"My routine is the same, but repetition in game situations helped and trying to relax at over there at first.\"
\r\n
\r\nAs the season winds down, Hobson has a couple of goals he would like to conquer. He would like to be the team winning the championship this year, instead of the team watching the other hoisting the trophy.
\r\n
\r\n\"We are already in the playoffs,\" Hobson said. \"We lost in the championship last year and it would be nice to win this year.\"
\r\n
\r\nHis run production has been a theme through this season and he has a certain number in mind he would like to reach.
\r\n
\r\n\"I would like to get 80-85 RBIs,\" Hobson said. \"That seems to be ‘doable,' so hopefully our guys continue to get on base in front of me.\"
\r\n
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