With the 2016 baseball draft starting on Thursday night, one position the Phillies have no need is at first base.
First basemen, Tommy Joseph, age 24, Rhys Hoskins, age 23 and Kyle Martin, age 23, are all coming into their primes at about the same time at different levels of the Phillies system.
On Saturday all three showed power bats. Joseph homered for the Phillies, watch HERE. Hoskins hit two long balls including his third walk-off of the season for Reading, watch HERE. Martin hit two long doubles to the power alleys to drive-in three of the four Clearwater runs in the Threshers win, watch HERE and HERE.
Joseph has adapted well with the shift to first. The 24-year-old has four homers in just 53 at-bats, and is slashing .283/.286/.528 for Phillies since his recall from AAA.
Hoskins in 200 at bats has hit 12 homers and slashed at .250/.314/.480 at AA including three walk-off homers. He has now driven in 36 runs this season. Watch two other Hoskins’ walk-offs earlier in the season HERE and HERE.
Martin had a strong April but fell off in May. Yesterday, he broke out of his slump going three for three with two doubles and three RBIs. He has hit eight homers and has driven in 34 RBIs in 195 at bats.
One position the Phillies do not have to worry about is first base. Hoskins does have outfield experience and Martin is the only left-handed bat of the three.
The future at first belongs either to Joseph, Hoskins or Martin. The short-lived Howard/Ruf era at first base is clearly over.