First baseman Rhys Hoskins has put together an outstanding first half for the Reading Fightin Phils and is a major reason why the Fightin Phils have the best record in all of baseball. However, he was not selected for the Futures All-Star Game which takes place Sunday, July 10th, in San Diego. Read HERE
Hoskins is tied for the lead in minor league home runs with 20 and leads the Eastern League with a .920 OPS. He is fourth in RBIs with 61, and fifth in runs scored with 55 in all of minor league baseball. Still, he was passed over for the Futures game.
The Phillies will be represented by Ricardo Pinto on the International team. Pinto has been plagued by the long ball this season with Reading giving up 13 home runs in 15 starts for a 4.32 ERA and a 3-3 record. Also, corner outfielder Dylan Cozens is on the American team even though he has struck out 101 times in 293 at bats.
To Cozens’ credit he is tied with Hoskins for the most minor league home runs and EL total bases. He is second in Eastern League OPS and slugging to Hoskins.
On the other hand, Hoskins has had a strong June but apparently not enough to impress the “experts” who make the Futures All-Star selections.
In June, Rhys has gone 36 for 101 so far with 9 doubles, 11 home runs and 28 RBIs. He is hitting a robust .356. His OPS for the month is 1.197.
Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to be selected.