Lauderdale High School Baseball Stars Taking Different Paths to Big Leagues
Eric Hosmer and Deven Marrero starred at first base and shortstop, respectively, for a 2008 American Heritage School team that won a state and national title. They were separated by a year, but both players were heavily recruited by the nation's elite baseball programs, including Arizona State.
Pretty damned well, it seems. Despite struggling last year in his first full year in the minor leagues, Hosmer is tearing the cover off the ball for the Royals' farm team in Wilmington, Delaware. Six weeks into the season, the 20-year-old sports a .387 batting average.
"He has probably the best hands at shortstop I've ever seen. He knows the game so well, it's almost instinct. He goes about his business like a professional."
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