By Sam Bush
Rhys Hoskins sat out yesterday’s Phillies win over the Marlins with a sore hand but he still made news:
The National League Rookie of the Month Award for August.
Hoskins smacked 11 home runs, knocked in 25 runs and slashed .304/.402/.747, and became the first Phillies player to win the award since Maikel Franco did so in June 2015.
After going homerless in his first four games, Hoskins ignited his rare stretch by homering twice against the Padres on Aug. 14.
It took the 2014 fifth-round draft pick all of 64 at-bats to eclipse the 11-homer mark, which was 17 at-bats fewer than the previous record of 81 held by Shane Spencer (1998-99) and Gary Sanchez (2015-16).
Hoskins needed 19 games to reach 25 RBIs, the second fewest games needed to do so since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Cubs outfielder Mandy Brooks reached 25 in 17 games in ’25.
His torrid start also included a streak of five straight games with a homer from Aug. 23-27, matching a Phillies record set by Chase Utley in 2008.