Surging Hosmer makes Hot List debut

Every Monday, Royals Corner publishes our Hot List, ranking the ten hottest prospects in the Royals' minor league system. This week, Burlington first baseman Eric Hosmer makes his Hot List debut after hitting .407 while driving in a dozen runs last week. Who else made the Hot List this week? Look inside to find out.

1. Eric Hosmer
Hosmer makes the hot list for the first time this season – and jumps all the way to the top – after a week in which he went 11-for-27 (.407) with four doubles, four runs scored, one home run, and 12 RBIs. After a slow start in April, the 19-year-old slugger is hitting .343 over his last 10 games, and he hit .299 in May with seven doubles, three home runs, and a club-best 20 RBIs. He also drew an impressive 17 walks on the month, and his overall line is now up to a very respectable .267/.383/.400.

2. David Lough
A nagging injury prevented Lough from getting enough at bats to make last week's Hot List, even though he hit .533 (8-for-15), but he storms back to number two after hitting .409 (9-for-22) last week with a double, four runs scored, two RBIs, and a pair of stolen bases. Lough is hitting an incredible .442 since May 14, and he hit .342 in May with 10 runs scored, five doubles, one triple, seven RBIs, and four stolen bases (without being caught once). On the season, Lough is hitting a robust .340/.402/.447, and his batting average ranks second in the Carolina League.

3. Nick Van Stratten
When he stays on the field, Van Stratten is becoming a regular on the Hot List. He checks in at number three this week after going 10-for-25 (.400) with seven runs scored, one double, and four RBIs. The 24-year-old outfielder was a run scoring machine in May, crossing the plate 22 times while hitting .362 at the top of the Bees' lineup. He added nine doubles and 19 RBIs on the month, pushing his season line to .336/.405/.483. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, he would rank fifth in the Midwest League in batting average.

4. Chris McConnell
Maybe all McConnell needed was some consistent playing time. The 23-year-old shortstop played sparingly for the first month and a half of the season, but Mario Lisson's promotion to Omaha last week seems to have opened up regular playing time for McConnell. He responded well, hitting .440 (11-for-25) last week with a pair of doubles, five runs scored, and three RBIs. McConnell is hitting .364 over his last 10 games, and he wound up hitting .298 in May with 11 runs scored, nine RBIs, and five stolen bases.

5. Danny Duffy
Duffy reappears on the Hot List after making two starts last week, pitching a combined 13 innings while allowing just two earned runs on nine hits and three walks. He struck out 12 batters, and on the season, he has now struck out 53 batters against just 15 walks. He lost his only decision last week in a low-scoring game, but he is still 5-2 on the season with a 2.95 ERA. The Carolina League is hitting just .225 against the southpaw this season.

6. Scott Thorman
Thorman has only been in the organization for a couple of weeks, but it didn't take him long to make some noise. The former Braves and Rangers farmhand had a power surge last week, slamming five home runs with eight RBIs while hitting .296 (8-for-27). The 27-year-old outfielder now has six homers in just 12 games with the O-Royals.

7. Kila Kaaihue
Ka'aihue is back on the Hot List after going 7-for-22 (.318) last week with three doubles, one home run, and four more walks. After hitting just .238 in April, Ka'aihue bounced back in May, putting up a line of .299/.434/.557 on the month with five homers, 10 doubles, and 14 RBIs. On the season, the big first baseman has his average back up to .275, and his 46 walks easily lead the Pacific Coast League, giving him a sparkling on base percentage of .431.

8. Jeff Bianchi
Bianchi's numbers are never really eye-popping, but his impressive consistency this year has kept him firmly planted on the Hot List. Bianchi had another solid week, going 8-for-24 (.333) with three RBIs and another stolen base. He hit .305 in May with seven doubles, one home run, 14 runs scored, and nine RBIs, and the 22-year-old shortstop is hitting a solid .313/.373/.443 on the season.

9. Jordan Parraz
Parraz is another player whose consistency so far this season deserves much praise. He's back on the Hot List this week after hitting .348 (8-for-23) with five RBIs and six walks. The 24-year-old outfielder is hitting .333 over his last 10 games, which nearly mirrors his overall season line of .331/.441/.469. In May, Parraz hit .333/.463/.529 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 16 RBIs.

10. Everett Teaford
Teaford remains on the Hot List after making one start last week, earning a no decision on Friday against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. In six innings pitched, the southpaw allowed two earned runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. Despite the no decision, it was Teaford's fifth straight quality start, and on the season, he is 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA. He has walked just nine batters (while striking out 38) in 51 innings pitched, and the league is hitting just .225 against him.


On Sunday, May 31, Omaha outfielder Scott Thorman went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, capping a week in which he slammed five home runs for the O-Royals. Thorman was signed by the Royals in mid-May after he was released by the Texas Rangers.

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