It’s finally over. The 2015 season for Phillies top prospect Rhys Hoskins did not end until today, 24 days into 2016 half way around the world in Sydney Australia and 7o4 at bats later.
The Phillies worked Hoskins hard but he responded by having a season that we will not quickly forget. He ended his his 2015 season strong even though it was extended by 24 days into 2016. In his final game Sunday, he drove in four runs on a RBI sac. fly and a bases clearing double in the 10-8 Sydney win over Melbourne. Watch HERE and HERE.
Hoskins’ final game was not over until 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning ET, but those of us who are as true baseball fans or little bit crazy could not turn it off.
In 188 games this season, including two post-season and two All-Star games, he racked-up 221 hits including 53 doubles, 6 triples, 26 home runs to hit .311 overall. He drove in 135 runs.
It was a unique consistency that was Hoskins trademark in 2015. He hit over .300 and slugged over .500 in each of the three leagues he played: the South Atlantic, Florida State and Australian leagues. In similar number of games in each league including All-Star and post season, he had 9 homers and 52 RBIs in the Sally; 9 homers and 40 RBIs in the Florida State League and 8 homers and 43 RBIs in the ABL.
What also caught my attention watching Hoskins play in the 49 ABL games was his fielding, he committed only one error though a few games were as a DH. His base stealing, he stole five bases in six attempts. He puts the ball in play as he struck out only 32 times in at least 210 ABL plate appearances.
I have no doubt if you stick Hoskins in the lineup he will produce higher levels in the 2016 season. I would expect him to start the season with Reading then quickly advance to Lehigh Valley and then get a September call-up to the Show. After the 2015 season he has already earned it!
If we are projecting the 2017 opening day Phillies starting lineup, they could have some tremendous right-handed batting pop to generate offense with Maikel Franco at third and Rhys Hoskins at first. They are both of similar age with Hoskins only seven months younger. Though, I hope not too many of those Phillies games end at 4:30 A.M.