Hosmer surprised by Rookie of the Month honor

Hosmer surprised by Rookie of the Month honor

Hosmer surprised by Rookie of the Month honor
KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer received a little surprise while eating lunch on Wednesday, as he found out he was named the American League Rookie of the Month for July.

The award was even more of a surprise, considering at the beginning of the year, Hosmer wasn't sure he'd even be in the big leagues at this point. He made his Major League debut on May 6.

"It's crazy. It was almost like, beginning of the year, hopefully July's a good time to get up here," Hosmer said. "If you'd have told me I was getting Rookie of the Month in July -- it's a pretty crazy feeling."

For the month, Hosmer hit .306 with a .358 on-base percentage and .523 slugging percentage. Hosmer led all AL rookies with 34 hits and nine doubles in July, adding five home runs and 19 RBIs. He had a career-best 11-game hitting streak from July 19-30 and recorded 10 multi-hit games. He has collected multiple hits in 27 of his 76 games played, and has the most multi-hit games of any AL rookie.

The left-handed slugger leads the Royals with 16 go-ahead RBIs and nine game-winning RBIs, including a walk-off double in a 5-4, 10-inning win over the Rays on July 23.

Royals manager Ned Yost was happy to see his first baseman recognized outside of Kansas City.

"It's nice to see him get national attention on something like that," Yost said. "I think he gets our attention every night with the way that he plays and I'm satisfied with that. For him to get American League Rookie of the Month is a pretty special award."

The Royals have had players win the award five times, the last was pitcher Brian Bannister in August, 2007, who also earned the award for June that season. Angel Berroa (July, 2003) and Billy Butler (July, 2007) are the other Royals to be honored.

Hosmer, a Florida native, entered Wednesday night's game against Baltimore with a .284 average, 10 home runs and 47 RBIs overall. He also was leading AL rookies in on-base percentage (.333) and walks (23), and ranked second in total hits (89), doubles (19) and total bases (142).

While winning Rookie of the Month was rewarding, Hosmer said the focus is still on winning ballgames.

"It just shows that hard work and all that is starting to pay off," he said. "You just can't -- you've got to look at that as a good thing to keep going, you can't really dwell on it."