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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

K.C. Hobson brought up to Fisher Cats

A Hobson has returned to New Hampshire.

No, not the former Boston Red Sox third baseman and manager, not to mention ever-popular Nashua Pride manager Butch Hobson, but his son, former Nashua High School North standout K.C. Hobson. ...

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A Hobson has returned to New Hampshire.

No, not the former Boston Red Sox third baseman and manager, not to mention ever-popular Nashua Pride manager Butch Hobson, but his son, former Nashua High School North standout K.C. Hobson.

Hobson joins another Nashua alum, former South star Kevin Nolan, on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Hobson, now 23, was hitting .238 with five homers and 57 RBIs at the Toronto Blue Jays high Class A team in Dunedin, Fla., before being called up to Double A Manchester on Tuesday as the Jays made a series of roster moves.

Hobson played in 61 games with Dunedin this year, rebounding after a tough May. Five of his homers have come in the month of June, during which he was hitting .364 with 15 RBIs.

The 6-2, 205-pound left-handed hitting Hobson was drafted in the sixth round out of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif., by the Jays in the 2009 Major League Amateur Draft.

In four seasons leading up to this year, the first baseman hit a combined .252 with 39 homers and 237 RBIs.

Last year he at Dunedin he hit .215 with a career-best 19 homers, and 72 RBIs.

His best overall season was in 2012 at Class A Lansing (Mich.) in the Midwest League, when he hit .276 with 10 homers and 86 RBIs.

Hobson was the quarterback of the Nashua North football team in 2005 as a freshman.

The Hobson family moved later in the year to Bakersfield, although Butch Hobson continued to manage the Pride through the 2007 season, continuing a job he began in 2000.

Hobson has stayed managing in independent baseball, currently managing the Lancaster (Penn.) Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.