Rookie Eric Hosmer didn't join the Royals until May 6, but he ranks among the American League leaders in scoops by a first baseman in analysis compiled by Baseball Info Solutions video scouts for the Fielding Bible.

Hosmer draws raves for his hand-eye coordination, but he contends an adjusted approach, along with a growing knowledge of his teammates' tendencies, play a major factor in his growing number of successful scoops.

"What I had to learn when I got here," he said, "was, when you pick it, you've got to stay through it (with a sweeping motion). You have an imaginary line on where you think the ball is going to bounce.

"Before, I was just working up and down. Then I learned to go through the ball."