The Reader Top 30 has likely seen the last majority winner. It’s also quite possible that we have few plurality winners that exceed 30%. Rhys Hoskins’ selection as the organizations’ #11 prospect may be indicative of how contentious the remaining votes will be. Hoskins won comfortably with 122 of 440 total votes cast. He almost doubled the votes cast for 2nd place finisher Ricardo Pinto (66 votes), but Hoskins only garnered 27.7% of the vote.
Rhys Hoskins went undrafted out of high school and attended California State University at Sacremento. He was drafted after his junior year by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2014 Amateur Draft, the 142 pick overall. Hoskins was sent directly to Low A Williamsport where he slashed .237/.311/.408/.720 in 70 games. He hit 9 HR and had 40 RBI. He had a BB rate of 7.7%, and a K rate of 20.1%.
Hoskins began 2015 in full season ball at Lakewood. He slashed .322/.397/.525/.922 with 9 HR and 51 RBI. His BB rate was 8.97%, and his K rate was 17.2%. After 68 games he was promoted to Clearwater.
Hoskins continued to produce in Advanced A. He slashed .317/.394/.510/.904 with 8 HR and 39 RBI in 67 games. His BB rate was 10.5%, and his K rate was 17.7%.
Hoskins traveled to Australia for winter ball (actually their summer league) and continued to mash. He has produced a .306/.375/.516/.891 slash with a team leading 8 HR and 38 RBI. His BB rate is 7.2%, and his K rate is 14.9%. His Sydney Blue Sox have 4 games left in the regular season and are not likely to reach the post season.
Hoskins might be the most divisive prospect in the system. Those who like him love his bat. His detractors question his position and right-handedness. Regardless, he has put together a heck of a year hitting .316 with 25 HR and 128 RBI. He’ll need to continue to produce at a similar rate at AA and AAA to make it to Philadelphia.
So far the Top 30 looks like this:
- J.P. Crawford
- Nick Williams
- Jake Thompson
- Mark Appel
- “C” Randolph
- Roman Quinn
- Jorge Alfaro
- Franklyn Kilome
- Andrew Knapp
- Zach Eflin
- Rhys Hoskins
I have a recent request to add Brandon Leibrandt, and have already received requests to add Severino Gonzalez, Luis Encarnacion, Josh Tobias, and Yacksel Rios. Maybe a couple of thes guys make it to the poll next week.
I have recent write-ins for Moore, Asher, Martin, Harris, Canelo, and Cordero. Also Walding and Ruf.
Voting should remain interesting for the next several spots. This poll saw several players receive double-digit votes:
- Pinto – 66
- Tocci – 58
- Kingery – 49
- Cozens – 42
- Medina – 29
- Goeddel – 28
- And Tom Windle received votes again. This time 9 which is triple his earlier highest count.
The e-mail addresses for prospect lists and the addition of a prospect to the poll are –
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Next up is your selection for the #12 prospect in the organization.