If it weren’t for Rhys Hoskins and a wild pitch, Daytona Tortugas’ pitcher Amir Garrett would have pitch a seven inning perfect game in the first game of the FSL playoffs last night.
Hoskins lined a base hit to right in the top of the seventh to breakup Garrett’s “no-no”. The only other Threshers baserunner reached on a strikeout wild pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.
Garrett would go on and strikeout 12 in seven innings allowing only two baserunners in the Threshers 3-0 loss in the first of the best of three game series.
Having watched Hoskins in three games for Lakewood in the first half of the season and about 35 games in the second half for Clearwater he appears to be the only legitimate major league bat in the Threshers lineup now that Dylan Cozens is now at Reading.
In the next to last game of the season against Dunedin Saturday night, Hoskins put on a hitting clinic on how to beat the shift. He singled to left in his first at bat. Then, in his next at bat the Blue Jays put on the shift with three infielders on the left side of the infield. He beat it both times with his next two base hits, the first one through the five/six hole to left and on his third hit he simply drove the ball to right through the vacated second base position. Watch HERE, HERE and HERE.
Hoskins is finishing the season strong and with last night’s hit is batting .417 over his last ten games, going 15 for 36.
Hoskins is one of the few hitters in the minor leagues to have an OPS of over .900. His slash line for the season was .319/.395/.518. He led all the players in the Phillies minor league system with 17 home run splitting the season between the hitter unfriendly home ball parks in Lakewood and Clearwater. He tied Reading’s Brock Stassi in runs batted in with 90.
Yet, the 22- year old Hoskins was not selected by the Phillies to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League as it’s high A representative. Instead, they chose the pitcher Yacksel Rios. Could it be that Rhys is already too skilled for the AFL?