SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas has a chance at making the Royals' roster for Opening Day, but does his fellow hitting prospect, Eric Hosmer, also have a shot? "I don't think so," manager Ned Yost said, "but I think Hosmer is going to play well enough that he's going to be in the conversation come midsummer." Hosmer, a first baseman, is probably headed for Triple-A Omaha, and a good performance there could accelerate his arrival at Kauffman Stadium.
"He is so advanced for a young player. He does everything like a big leaguer," Yost said.
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Hosmer did nothing to hurt his cause on Thursday, when he hit a two-run homer in an intrasquad game. Jeff Francoeur and Kila Ka'aihue also pounded two-run homers in the game that was stopped after 7 1/2 innings at George Brett Field.Hosmer belted his shot over the center-field wall against left-hander Chris Dwyer's fastball. "The first pitch was a curveball, a good pitch, and he came back with a fastball outside. He made a good pitch, but I got it up in the thin air and it kept going for me," Hosmer said. Earlier, in his only other at-bat, Hosmer cranked a sacrifice fly that went deep into center. "Hos just missed the first one. He could've had two of 'em," Yost said. Moustakas was 1-for-4 with a single. The Royals have consistently suggested that he'll start the season with Omaha which would give him and Hosmer a chance to be in the same lineup for a time. But Moustakas has not been ruled out of the running at third base either. Francoeur connected off left-hander Bruce Chen in the first inning, ripping a line drive down the left-field line after Ka'aihue hit an RBI single. Ka'aihue's home run went to right field after Mike Aviles singled against right-hander Luis Mendoza. Mitch Maier had two hits including a double. Jarrod Dyson, Alcides Escobar, Melky Cabrera, Brayan Pena and Salvador Perez also doubled. "It's always good to get off in Spring Training, even though it's just an intrasquad," Maier said. "See some pitches, get a couple knocks, it definitely helps out."