By Sam Bush
So, the Phillies are dead in the water and can’t hit a lick.
So, why don’t they bring up one of their great minor league prospects, such as Rhys Hoskins, who’s running up great numbers in Lehigh Valley?
Listen to Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, as quoted in the Inky:
“They [Hoskins and Tommy Joseph] can’t coexist on the same team. There is no way they could. It wouldn’t be fair to either guy. It wouldn’t be fair to us. It wouldn’t be fair to Tommy. Tommy has got a chance to hit 30 home runs and drive in 90 runs. I mean, to take that possibility away from him I don’t think is fair to him, regardless of what we think about him. He’s a pretty good hitter.”
Joseph is batting .246 this season with 14 homers and a .751 OPS. Hoskins, 24, is batting .292 with 20 homers and a .968 OPS. He hit 38 homers last year at double-A Reading.
“To bring Rhys up here just to play part-time doesn’t make sense to me,” Mackanin said. “If he could play another position, if either one of them could, it would make it easier for me to do. But I don’t think it would help either guy or us to find out about Rhys Hoskins if he is not playing on a regular basis.”