Being a Cub and Royal fan I find it interesting to compare the two. Last year Hosmer had a horrendous year, a year that is comparable to Rizzo's 2013 season in a lot of ways. Hosmer has bounced back this year and is having a fine season for a third year player and looks to be in a spot where he may one day live up to his potential. The common thread to Hosmers 2012 (his first full season) and Rizzo's 2013 (his first full season)? BABIP. Hosmer for 2012 put up a .232/.304/.359 with a .255 BABIP. Rizzon this year has a .232/.325/.437 with a .254 BABIP. Other interesting comparisons are that Rizzo sports a higher walk rate 11.2% to Hosmer's 9.4% for 2012 and a higher ISO .205 to Hosmer's .127 for 2012. Considering that Hosmer is considered to be having a rebound year that puts him back on track makes me feel better about Rizzo's future. I often wonder if you asked Royal and Cub fans to swap straight up what the response would be. For me I think Hosmer probably will put up a higher carrer batting average and slightly higher on base percentage but it appears that Rizzo has greater power and better ability to take a walk. What will drag down Rizzo's batting and on base averages will be the strikeouts. However, Rizzo only sports around an 18% K rate which is really not that high when his bloopers are falling and his ground balls have eyes. What the Cubs need from him are the homers, doubles and walks which all appear to be just fine. I hate to sound too cliche but I think a lot of Rizzo's troubles this year are bad luck related. In any case I'm excited to watch both Hosmer and Rizzo develope over the next several seasons and I hope that KC can put together one good run in the playoffs before this window they have (albeit a small window) closes.
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