Based here in Clearwater we get to see all the Phillies prospects as they pass through in spring training and with the Threshers. Two familiar faces, Reading first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and Lehigh Valley outfielder Cameron Perkins are in the middle of two streaks: Hoskins has hit in 19 straight games and Perkins has been on base in 16 straight games though one game was as a pinch runner.
Hoskins streak is the most fascinating. After starting the season 0 for 12 and going hitless in his first three games of the season. He has embarked on a long and very unique hitting steak since. He has one hit in each of 17 of his last 19 games. Only in two games during the steak this season has he had multi-hit games.
His batting average during the hitting steak is holding right at .300. He has hit five homers and drive in 18 runs during that span. Watch HERE for his hit to extend his hitting streak to 19 games last night in Manchester, New Hampshire and a homer, watch HERE, over a “green monster” this the weekend in Portland, Maine.
Bet the sharp Boston Red Sox Front Office has taken notice how much Hoskins likes hitting with a “green monster” staring at him in left. In the three-game Portland series he went 5 for 12 with a double, two homers and seven runs batted in.
Perkins has been a pleasant surprise for Lehigh Valley. After going 0 for 3 in his first game of the season. He has hit 20 for 49 in the next 16 games.
In the two games during his on base steak where Perkins did not get a hit, he was a late inning replacement as a pinch runner and worked a walk in his only at bat in the other game.
Last night, Perkins singled and scored a run in making his debut in center field. He is normally a left fielder. He was charged with a field error in the game. According to Baseball Reference this was only the fifth game he has ever played in centerfield in his five year Phillies minor league career.
Keep an eye out for the hitting and on base streaks of Hoskins and Perkins. They are both off to interesting starts to the 2016 Phillies minor league season. Hopefully, they will both get chances in the Show by the end of the season!