We settled in the other night to follow Rhys Hoskins on the internet from the Dominican Winter League and watch Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians pitcher a gem in the first game of the World Series. And we were not disappointed.
Rhys Hoskins continues to star for the Gigantes playing first base after the first seven games of the season. The Gigantes are off to a great start to lead the DWL with a 6-1 record.
In the first week of the DWL season Hoskins has gone 8 for 26 plus intentionally walked and hit by a pitch each twice. With runners in scoring position he has gone 5 for 7 for a .714 average and 5 runs batted in.
Kluber was brilliant striking out eight in the first three innings and nine in six plus innings on the mound for the win in the first game of the World Series. He reminded us of the job Franklyn Kilome did for Lakewood in the Sally League Finals. Franklyn struck out nine Rome Braves in seven innings for a one-hit shutout in the only Lakewood win in the Finals. Watch his final strikeout in the game HERE.
It is prospects like Hoskins and Kilome of the Phillies farm system that keeps us interested in Phillies baseball. Their future is bright when and if they ever get a chance.
It hurts when we watch all the young players on the Cubs and Indians who are under 25 and starring in the World Series. All the playoff teams seem loaded with under 25-year- old players. In Game Two of the World Series the Cubs starting lineup had six players 24 years-old or younger. The Dodgers even started a 20-year-old in the playoffs.
Hoskins will play at baseball age 24 next season but has not played above AA. Kilome will turn 22- years-old in the middle of next season but spent all season in low A.
Hoskins put up amazing numbers at Reading this season, including the four games in the post season, in 139 games hit 39 homer runs and drove in 118 runs. He had a Phillies organization high of a .943 OPS during the regular season.
Watch Hoskins’ home run in the 2015 Florida State League playoffs HERE and his home run in the 2016 Eastern League playoffs. HERE. We can only dream of what he will do in the Phillies post season hopefully sooner than later.
Kilome was brilliant as well and finish strong. In his last ten starts of the 2016 season including the playoff game, he went 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA, striking out 73 in 54.2 innings for the BlueClaws.
In 2015 Franklyn won the only Williamsport playoff win in the NY Penn League with a five inning shutout. In the last two post seasons, he has pitched 12 shutout innings to go 2-0 giving up only three hits and striking out 15. He is a legitimate No.1 prospect in a major league starting rotation someday soon.
All we can hope is that the likes of Hoskins and Kilome will be non-roster invitees to the 2017 major league spring training camp. They have earned it!