Eric Hosmer, a former All-Star first baseman, joined the Kansas City Royals organization in 2008 after being drafted in the third round from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.
Here are five things to know:
1. Meet the parents: Mike and Ileana
Eric Hosmer’s mother, Ileana, came to the U.S. when she was 7 as a refugee from Cuba. His father, Mike, is a retired Miami firefighter. Eric has an older brother, Mike Jr.
2. A key member of KC’s bumper crop of prospects
Entering the 2011 season, Baseball America rated the Royals as having the top farm system in baseball with Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas leading the way.
3. Called up after sizzling in Omaha
A month into the season, Hosmer led the minor leagues with a .439 batting average when the Royals purchased his contact from Class AAA Omaha on May 5, 2011.
4. As a rookie, all eyes were on him
Hosmer got his first hit against Oakland’s Brandon McCarthy on May 7, 2011, one day after his MLB debut. He hit .293 with 19 HR and 78 RBI, and was third in AL Rookie of the Year voting.
5. Matching Bo Jackson’s All-Star feat
Hosmer was named the MVP of the 2016 All-Star Game after going 2-for-3 with a homer off former teammate Johnny Cueto. He was the first Royal to win the award since Bo Jackson in 1989.