By Art Beitchman
After being called up to the major leagues on August 10, Phillies new phenom power hitter Rhys Hoskins opened up his career going 0-12.
After he got his first hit the floodgates opened wide for Hoskins, belting a record 11 home runs in 18 games!
Not just that, Hoskins gives the Phillies a much needed HR threat in the middle of their lineup.
Hoskins “Ruthian” HR tear needs the proper historical perspective to appreciate the accomplishment.
Major League Baseball has been played for 142 years — 18,748 players before Hoskins didn’t get to number 11 quicker than the new Phillies OF/1B from Sacramento, Ca.
The Phils drafted Hoskins in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He signed with the team and received a $396K bonus. His next contract will be for considerably more.
The 24-year-old slugger will cool off, — however, yesterday he extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single to left field in the seventh inning — but the young addition to the Phillies has already made the offense look more formidable, taking 2 out of 3 from the World Series Champs Chicago Cubs last weekend.
It can only give Phils fans promise that as this dismal losing season winds down there is real hope this team has made strides to becoming more competitive when the 2018 season get here.
Rhys Hoskins will be right in the middle of it.
Let’s compare his production through just the first 14 games with other Phillies stars like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Mike Schmidt.
Hoskins: .284/.385/.581, 7 HR
Howard: .360/.385/.720, 2 HR
Utley: .267/.292/.400, 1 HR
Rollins: .321/.345/.377, 0 HR
Schmidt: .211/.302/.289, 1 HR