Remember this date, Friday March 18th, 2016. That date will go down in Phillies history when two, 23- year-old corner infielders each hit home runs and each drove in three runs for the Phillies in spring training wins.
One guy did it in a major league spring game and the other guy did it in a minor league game. But both of the long balls and RBI’s represented the future of the team.
Franco leads all players in the major leagues with seven spring training game home runs. Hoskins is in his first week in the minor league camp and hit his first homer in three minor league games.
Also, the good news is that both Franco and Hoskins hit both left-handed and right-handed pitchers.
I still can’t figure out why Hoskins has not been given a chance to play in a major league spring training game. He put up outstanding numbers in three different leagues last season hitting .311 with 26 homers and 135 RBIs combined.
At least on Friday, both Franco and Hoskins gave me something to dream about: young power hitting bats from the infield corner positions. Now, if they can just get in the same lineup, the rebuilding Phillies might have something truly worth watching!