Day: February 21, 2019

  • February 21, 2019

    Face of the Phillies Franchise

    The face of the Phillies franchise has been missing since being represented by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels. Over the “rebuilding” years the Phillies have turned expiring contracts and end of their prime players into young and upcoming stars. As a fan favorite, Rhys Hoskins has embraced the role. Over the offseason, Rhys has been representing the Phillies during charity events, meetings with Phillies prospects, 76ers’ games, and Eagles games. Giving the franchise a stable and liked representation. Bash Brother Hoskins Hoskins was born in Sacramento, CA in 1993. He was eventually drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 June amateur draft by the Phillies. He got to work, establishing his talent and promise in the minor leagues averaging .287/.375/.532 in four seasons along with a total of 93 Home Runs. Hoskins and Dylan Cozens became teammates for the AA affiliate Reading Fightin Phils. Both of the power hitters in the same lineup quickly got labeled as the “Bash Brothers”. And for the right reasons, the duo hit 78 home runs and 241 RBIs in the 2016 season alone. The teammates also got named CoMVPs for Reading. Hoskins was able to be a leader on and off the field catapulting his own career. His final step before the big show in Philadelphia lasted 115 games in AAA Lehigh Valley. Hitting .284/.385/.581 for Lehigh Valley. Finally, Hoskins got the call he was looking for, getting his MLB debut on August 10, 2017. Rhys Lightning The Phillies embraced him representing the team on his arrival. Even going as far as creating “The Rhys Lightning Ticket Bundle” for September 15-17, 2017. All participants got a Scoreboard porch ticket plus a Rhys Lightning T-shirt for a total of $17. (Also Hoskins’ jersey number). The Rhys lighting nickname might not stick with...