Hosmer, Moustakas power Royals past Giants 9-5
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas fizzled more than they sizzled in their sophomore seasons with the Kansas City Royals.
Both first-round draft picks, however, have rediscovered their batting strokes in spring training.
Hosmer went 3 for 3 with a home run and two doubles, Moustakas hit a two-run shot and Kansas City beat a San Francisco Giants split squad 9-5 on Saturday.
The third overall pick in the 2008 draft, Hosmer hit .232 last year after batting .293 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs as a rookie.
"I'm laying off pitches I was swinging at last year," Hosmer said. "For me, the biggest part is that the discipline is there and I'm seeing the ball well. For spring training, that's all you can ask for."
All three of Hosmer's hits went to the opposite field.
"It's pretty fantastic right now," Moustakas said about Hosmer's swing. "When you get hot and get three hits, all the left side of the diamond, one going out, that's a good sign for the Kansas City Royals."
Moustakas, the second player selected in the 2007 draft, did not fare much better than Hosmer last season, hitting .211 after the All-Star break to finish at .242.
"It's still early in spring," he said. "I'm still trying to find things here and there. I'm tweaking with it. We're playing good as a team and everything is kind of rolling pretty good."
Moustakas is batting .563 and Hosmer .471 in spring training, but each had only one extra-base hit before Saturday.
The Royals remained the only unbeaten team in spring training with an 8-0-1 record.
"This isn't the place to be undefeated," Hosmer said.
Still, manager Ned Yost is pleased with Hosmer's stroke.
"He's swinging the bat really, really well," Yost said. "He's on balls, he's really balanced, his swing is shortened up to where he can drive balls. He drove that last ball well over the left-field fence."
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