By Sam Bush

Rhys Hoskins had a phenomenal run in 2017:

The Phillies were 42-69 before Hoskins’ Aug. 10 promotion. They were 24-27 after he joined the team.

“The time that I was up here, I think we played some pretty exciting baseball,” Hoskins told on the final day of the regular season. “At times, we either pitched and didn’t hit or hit and didn’t pitch. That’s baseball. But I think it’s pretty special when we did both, and I think that’s pretty apparent.”

Hoskins hit .314 with 18 home runs, 39 RBIs and a 1.247 OPS in his first 147 plate appearances. He hit .135 with no home runs, nine RBIs and a .485 OPS in his final 65 plate appearances.

Did pitchers adjust to him? Or did the grind of his first six-month professional baseball season finally catch up with him?

“It’s something I’d never gone through, every day was a learning process, it really was,” Hoskins said. “It was a new thing that I’d never done before. My body is used to being home. It’s something that I’ll learn from. It’s tough, it really was. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t tired. I definitely was. But at the same time everyone else is in the same boat. You’ve got to learn from it.

“Hopefully sometime soon we’re worrying about how to play into October.”

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