Rhys Hoskins

  • With the 2019 Major League Baseball season approaching this month roster moves and position battles are heating up. Scott Kingery finds himself in the middle of not one but two position battles. Also the possibility of being a super-utility man being the Phillies silent weapon. Position battles Rhys Hoskins will have a full-time position at first base. And newly acquired shortstop Jean Segura will be the infield captain. The two positions tentatively up for grabs are third base and second base. As for any sport in the preseason, competition brings out the best in all athletes. Last year coming into the 2018 spring training Kingery was ranked as the Phillies number two prospect. Phillies also took the incentive to lock Kingery up with a six-year, $24 million contract. In Kingery’s first full season on the Phillies roster in 2018 didn’t go as he hoped. He remained the starting shortstop up until the trading deadline when the Phillies acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. Unfortunately, Kingery was one of the worst hitters in the league. After a winter to help clear his mind and refresh Kingery has come into Spring Training with a purpose. Through his first 17 at-bats, Kingery has hit .294/.368/.471. Although it is “only” spring training this is great news for Gabe Kapler and the Phillies who are already invested. The Phillies silent weapon Kingery gives the Phillies versatility with his ability to play multiple positions including 2B, SS, 3B, and the OF. If Kapler uses him as the teams’ super-utility man. This gives Franco, Segura, and Hernandez days off with a quality replacement also keeping Kingery in the lineup most days. With a solid 2019 spring training from Kingery, the pressure would be getting him in the lineup every day. The Phillies are in need of on-base percentage for the...
  • 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...
  • World Series thoughts I know what you’re thinking. This is just another Phillies fan/writer trying to use some clickbait to make you open the article. However, this is not the case. I’m sitting here watching the World Series and I asked myself this question. Can the Phillies play at this level of baseball? The obvious answer is yes, they are a major league organization. But come on, the Miami Marlins could not play at this level. 2008 was ten years ago, how far away is the current Phillies team from reaching this level? Right out of the gate. #Celebrate08 pic.twitter.com/owE69j5Bcl — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 22, 2018 What I’m going to try to do with this article is not use statistics, but rather go off of the eyes. The reason for this is statistics aren’t for everyone. Sometimes statistics lie and sometimes the eye is the best way to measure things. The 2018 Phillies If you had watched any stretch of the Phillies season in 2018, then you know they are not on the level of contenders. This is a fact. Besides the starting rotation (which also had its issues) this Phillies team was not ready to play at the level, it takes in the World Series.  Their defense was atrocious all season, and the offense looked confused for a majority of the season. When you compare that to the Red Sox and Dodgers, it’s a no-brainer why the Phillies are watching this game from their couches. With all of that being said, I don’t think this team is far from getting to this level. After the 2018 season, the young core of players the Phillies have got another year. They have another year of experience at the major league level under their belts. For a guy like Rhys Hoskins...
  • Hoskins is making history Rhys Hoskins accomplished something last night that only two other Phillies’ players have ever done before. That is hit 50+ home runs in a player’s first two seasons.  The other two players to do this were Don Hurst and Chuck Klein. Along with Hoskins becoming the third Phillies player to do this, he also became the second fastest Phillie to hit 50 career home runs. The 25-year-old did this in just 192 games, making history within two categories with just one swing. Last night, @rhyshoskins became the second-fastest Phillie to 50 career homers (192 games. Fastest: @ryanhoward, 182 games) and the seventh-fastest in the history of baseball, per @EliasSports. In other words, he's good at baseball. pic.twitter.com/hvhsv872uy — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 20, 2018 How good has Hoskins been? As you can see from the tweet above, Hoskins reached the 50 home run milestone in the seventh-fastest pace in baseball history. Again, from above, Hoskins hit 50 home runs in just 10 more games than it took Ryan Howard. We can remember how good Howard was during his first four years in the Major Leagues. If this stat shows us anything, it is that Hoskins will be a major piece of the Phillies’ future. We noticed that @rhyshoskins hasn't shaved in awhile, but he's been raking lately. We used top notch technology to show you what he'll look like if he keeps it up. pic.twitter.com/Wdb4uxckex — Cut4 (@Cut4) September 19, 2018 Hoskins also has the record for fastest player to reach 11 career home runs. This took him just 18 career games. Hoskins began making history just 18 games into his career. There is no doubt that the Sacramento native has the power to be a middle of the order bat, but that’s not all. Throughout his short...
  • Four reasons why the Phillies will make a playoff push in 2018 With just two calendar months left in the regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies are gearing up for a playoff push. They are sitting at 61-48 on August 4th, half a game above Atlanta for first place. They have been a surprise to most of the league already in 2018, and believe it or not they do have to tools to be a top contender. Getting stronger offensively *whispers* Okay, nobody tell Rhys that the Home Run Derby ended. pic.twitter.com/NoKxQCjgyX — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 26, 2018 The Phillies have struggled offensively all year. They have only hit for .238 as a team, with an OBP of .319. However, they a surprising +23 run differential. Last year, that number was -92. The Phillies line up had some glaring holes that they would appear to have fixed at the deadline. They were lacking in average in the heart of the order, with Carlos Santana batting .213, Nick Williams at .245 and Jorge Alfaro at .255. Adding Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilson Ramos adds a consistent bat that can drive in base runners. At 9.61 strikeouts per game, the Phillies are tied with the Texas Rangers for dead last in that category. Some of that is due to rookie manager Gabe Kapler’s analytic approach. The team is taking more pitches and getting deep into counts in order to elevate the pitcher’s pitch count. At any rate, they have to be better at putting the ball into play. Cabrera and Ramos both excel at this, both with a contact percentage this year of 79%. The Phillies have had success at getting baserunners, and adding two guys in the middle of the lineup that will consistently put the ball into play and move runners...
  • Rhys Hoskins is heading to the DL Alright, here’s what we know; Rhys Hoskins is heading to the DL after suffering a fractured jaw. This came in the 9th inning of Monday’s game against the Dodgers. The Phillies were losing and we tasked with something that not many teams have been able to achieve in recent years, coming back against Kenley Jansen. Jansen has been one of the best closers, if not the best, for the last few seasons. Hoskins was batting, next thing he knew there was an inside cutter coming in. Hoskins swung and somehow fouled the bat off of his own face. This caused the fracture in his jaw. A scary moment on the field as Rhys Hoskins goes down after he fouls a ball off his face. pic.twitter.com/GlEzZ1pLqW — NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 29, 2018 Is this really a bad thing?? Obviously, you never want to wish injury on a person but in this case, some time off might be a good thing. Hoskins got off to an insane start this season, but he has STRUGGLED since then. In his last 30 games, he is slashing .174/.266/.294 this is not good. Hoskins has just two home runs and 29 strikeouts in those 30 games. Rhys Hoskins since April 28: .130/.236/.260 in 89 plate appearances. — Bill Baer 🌹 (@Baer_Bill) May 23, 2018 This is where I ask the question, is this really a bad thing for Hoskins to head to the DL? I think this is exactly what he needs. He needs to step back and evaluate his struggles without any pressure to perform. We all know that Philadelphia is a tough city to play in, especially when a team is playing well. That is exactly how the Phillies look this season, like real contenders. This could...
  • April 13, 2018

    Rhys Hoskins’ HOT Start

    Rhys HOTskins Okay, this is a terrible attempt at trying to be funny but you will get the point. Rhys Hoskins has had one of the hottest starts in the league. He is currently batting .364 with 2 home runs, 9 RBIs, and has a 1.185 OPS. These are insane numbers to start the year. But Hoskins is familiar with doing insane things. If you remember, last season after making his Major League debut, he crushed 18 home runs in his first 34 games. Which made him the quickest to reach 18 career home runs. Hoskins was able to do so in just 34 games, the record before him was 18 home runs in 44 games. He shattered the record by a whopping 10 games.  WHERE DOES HOSKINS SIT WITH THE LEAGUE LEADERS? Right now, Hoskins is tied for 4th in the National League in batting average. Behind just Buster Posey, Yasmani Grandal, and Ryan Flaherty. Along with his outstanding batting average, Hoskins has a .488 on-base percentage which is just ridiculous. If you don’t understand what the on-base percentage means, a .488 OBP means that he is getting on base practically half the time. The MLB single-season record for OBP is .609 which is held by Barry Bonds. To put it into more perspective, if the season ended today, Hoskins would have the 35th best OBP of all-time. In baseball, it is tough to get on base. Getting on base 48% of the time means baserunners, and base runners mean potential runs. EXPECTATIONS FOR HOSKINS Let’s just be real here, there is no way that Hoskins will be able to keep up this pace. Hoskins was projected before the season to finish batting .263 with 36 home runs and 105 RBIs, along with a .355 OBP and .523 slugging percentage. That...