I hope you all enjoyed a Merry Christmas! Now back to the Top 30.
Rhys Hoskins was your selection as the #8 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Hoskins won handily with 36% of the votes. Dylan Cozens finished second with 31%.
Rhys Hoskins was drafted by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2014 Amateur draft out of Cal State University Sacremento.
Hoskins survived short season ball in Williamsport in 2014. He began 2015 in Lakewood, and performed well enough to warrant a mid-season promotion to Clearwatwer. He posted virtuall identical numbers at each stop and a combined .319/.395/.518/.913 with 17 HR, 90 RBI, 55 BB, and 99 K in 567 PA.
Hoskins played in the Australian Baseball League that winter. In spite of the language barrier, he continued to hit well – .323/.398/.561/.959 with 8 HR, 38 RBI, 15 BB, and 28 K in 186 PA.
Hoskins started the 2016 season in Reading and we all know what he did there – .281/.377/.566/.943 with 38 HR, 116 RBI, 71 BB, and 125 K in 589 PA.
A lot has been made of Hoskins’ right-handedness as first baseman. Well his splits the last two seasons against RHP are very favorable that past two seasons – over .300 against RHP in 2015 and better than his splits against LHP in 2016.
His defense has been questioned, too. When he arrived in Clearwater in 2015, he was a godsend. He locked down first base, in my opinion. Well, I checked and his stop at Clearwater was actually his worst as a pro (.986). And he actually had the second lowest fielding pct. of the nine first baseman the Threshers ran out there that season. So, while I was more comfortable with Hoskins at first than the guys who played there after Zach Green was injured, statistically I should have been concerned. (I’ll save you the trouble of looking up the other guys – Willians Astudillo, Harold Martinez, Drew Stankiewicz, Devin Lohman, Wilson Garcia, Jose Mayorga, Andrew Pullin)
Next up is your selection for the #9 prospect in the organization. Five new prospects have been added from the Additional Prospects Poll – Ben Lively, Andrew Pullin, Carlos Tocci, Jose Pujols, and Jesse Valentin.
Hoskins should start 2017 at Lehigh Valley. Another good season should see him pushing TJ in Philadelphia.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins