Yesterday was a great time to watch the Phillies first basemen of the future battle it out. They were separated by over 600 miles as the crow flies but Darick Hall in Columbia S.C. and Rhys Hoskins in Buffalo N.Y put on shows to remember on MiLB-TV.
There, I was back in Florida watching them do battle for the future first base job of the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. What a show it was! And they fought each other to a draw.
Just as Hall went deep with a homer to right field and then tripled next to the .400 foot sign in dead center to lead Lakewood to its eight straight win, I shifted my attention to the Lehigh Valley vs. Buffalo game. It was just in time to see Hoskins hit a grand slam that was the difference in the 5-4 Iron Pigs win in the second game of a twin bill..
Hall has been outstanding on the southern BlueClaws’ road trip. He has hit four homers in the last five games. He has been the one of the keys along with Nick Fanti’s 8.2 inning no-hitter in the current the eight game winning streak.
While Hall was injured before the third game of the season and has just recently comeback with a vengeance, Hoskins has been Mr Consistency. He just finished up a long on base streak and leads the International League in homers and OPS.
Clearly, Hall and Hoskins need to move up soon in the organization. But with the Phillies Front Office, we can never come close to predict when.