First baseman Rhys Hoskins had another great minor league 2016 season. But the question remains will he be invited to the Phillies major league spring training camp?
You see Hoskins has played in the Phillies system for only three years after he was taken in the fifth round in the 2014 amateur draft out of Sacramento State. They can protect him for four years before he would need to be put on the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Hoskins is no spring chicken if you will. He turns 24-years old in March and looks to start the 2017 season at AAA Lehigh Valley.
Hoskins had a great 2016 year.
To wit: Starting in January when he hit three homers and and 14 RBIs in the Australian Baseball league.
To wit: He wound up in the minor league camp and in the end of March he homered in the Phillies Future game at Citizens Bank Park. Watch HERE.
To wit: Then he went on to hit 38 home runs and drive-in 116 runs for Reading.
To wit: For good measure he homered in the Eastern League All-Star game.
To wit: Then he went deep in the E.L. playoffs and picked up 2 more RBIs.
To wit: He finished up in November with four more homers and 16 RBIs in the Dominican Winter League.
Rhys Hoskins was truly one of the great power hitters and run producers in all of baseball at any level in 2016, hitting 48 home runs and knocking in 150 runs when you add them all up.
It remains to be seen if he will be invited to the major league camp. He is not yet listed as a non-roster invitees to the camp on the Phillies website.
The only report I have seen is that Tommy Joseph has been promised the Phillies first base job going into the 2017 season. Tommy struggled in 2016 sharing time at first with the now released Ryan Howard. Tommy did hit 21 home runs but hit only .202 with three homers, 25 RBIs for a .612 OPS with runner in scoring position last season.
On the other hand with Reading during the regular season, Hoskins hit 9 homers, drove in 80 runs including 9 rbi sac. flies for a 1.003 OPS with runners in scoring position.
It will be interesting to see what will happen but for me Rhys Hoskins has earned at least a look in the major league camp for the job as the Phillies opening day first baseman even though he has never played a game at first base in AAA!