Still toiling away is our favorite first baseman in the Phillies organization, Rhys Hoskins. All Rhys does is hit a baseball hard, far and often.
Thursday in the Australia Baseball League, he went deep to help the Sydney Blue Sox defeat first place Brisbane Bandits, 6-3, to keep them in playoff contention. It was his sixth homer in the ABL and his first of 2016. Watch HERE. In 2015 he went yard 23 times in three different leagues to lead all right handed bats in the Phillies system.
Even more important Hoskins’ OPS is back over .900 again after falling briefly below .900 for the ABL season. He has hit over .300 and .900 OPS in 2015 in the Sally and Florida State Leagues. Now, he is on the verge of doing the same in the ABL. He is now hitting .312 with a .908 OPS in 40 games and 154 at bats for the Blue Sox.
His homer Thursday night was his first against a former major league pitcher. Lefty Travis Blackley pitched in 82 games over parts of four season for Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Houston and Texas.
Hoskins’ numbers got me to thinking how do they compare to another right handed bat, newly elected Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza, for example? Piazza’s career MLB batting average was . 308 and his OPS was .922. Back in 1990, Piazza played in the Florida State League and hit .250 with a .670 OPS in 88 games. This season in the FSL Hoskins hit .317 with a .904 OPS in 67 games.
Whatever the future holds for Rhys Hoskins, he has had an outstanding 2015-16 minor league season. As Richie Ashburn would have told Harry Kalas on a Phillies broadcast back in the day, “Hard to believe, Harry” Hoskins has not been invited to the Phillies 2016 major league spring training camp.