Baseball Besty and I spent Saturday night watching, the Phillies top offensive prospect, Rhys Hoskins on the net from Sydney Australia. He has been assigned to the weekend Australia Baseball League, the lowest rung of offseason baseball.
At the same time on TV, we were also watching Michael Conforto hit two home runs for the Mets in the World Series. Conforto, 22 years and 244 days old, became the third-youngest player to hit two home runs in a World Series game.
Both Hoskins and Conforto are the same age. One is stuck down under on another continent playing in a league well below his ability and the other is a World Series star. Yet, they have similar skill sets but work for two very different organizations.
This weekend for the Sydney Blue Sox, Hoskins went 6 for 15 with 4 doubles, a homer, 6 RBI’s, 2 walks and struck out only one time in his 17 plate appearances. He leads the ABL with 6 doubles in 8 games after two weekends and eight games of the season. Watch HERE and HERE.
Hoskins turns 23-years old during spring training next March. He is the right-handed hitting power bat the Phillies need in the lineup at first base. This season, combined between Lakewood and Clearwater, he hit over .300 and had an OPS over .900 with 18 home runs and 91 RBI’s. No one in the Phillies organization can match his pop from the right side at any level.
We can only hope that Hoskins can pull off what pitcher Ken Giles did in the 2014 season, spending April with Reading, May with Lehigh Valley and the second half of the season with the major league team at Citizen Bank Park.
Hoskins is the future at first base. In 2015 he has hit no matter what uniform he has worn as can be seen above. The future for Rhys Hoskins is 2016 in a Phillies uniform!