Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) walks off the field while Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35), Mike Moustakas (8) and Jarrod Dyson (1) celebrate during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Hosmer singled and Dyson scored the winning run as the Royals defeated the White Sox 4-3. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer rounds the bases on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson (1) jumps to celebrate the winning run scored by Eric Hosmer (35) during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Royals' Tim Collins (55) and Mike Moustakas (8) join in the celebration. The Royals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals Billy Butler, left, and Eric Hosmer celebrate Butler's first inning home run against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game at Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, April 8, 2012. Hosmer answered with his own two-run homer in the fifth as the Royals won, 7-3. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
SURPRISE, AZ (March 6, 2013) — USA Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been added to the U.S. roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Hosmer, 23, recorded 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 2012, his second season in the Major Leagues. He batted .389 for Team USA at the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.
Hosmer joins Royals left-handed reliever Tim Collins on Team USA. The Royals now have a total of nine players on 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters: Hosmer, Collins, left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino (Dominican Republic), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic) and Luis Mendoza (Mexico), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic); and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil).