USA Baseball announced Wednesday that Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had 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.
With Hosmer and Collins, the Royals now have a total of nine players on 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters.
The others include:
left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino, Dominican Republic
right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera, Dominican Republic
right-handed pitcher Luis Mendoza, Mexico
catcher Salvador Perez, Venezuela
infielder Irving Falu, Puerto Rico
infielder Miguel Tejada, Dominican Republic
outfielder Paulo Orlando, Brazil