How ’bout that Rhys Hoskins. He should be in the major leagues somewhere right now!
Time is ticking. The guy will turn 25-years-old next March.
Hoskins is major league ready. Just check the batting stats of the 91 players who qualify for the stats sheet in International League this morning. Read HERE.
Even in the spring of 2016 Rhys was ready. He hit a home run off of major league pitcher David Hernandez at the Phillies Futures game in Citzens Bank Park. Watch HERE.
Currently Rhys leads or is in the top five in just about every IL offensive category. He leads in runs scored, home runs, RBIs, Total Bases, On Base Percent and Slugging. He is the only hitter in the league with an OPS of four digits at 1.118. Remember the average OPS in the majors is .730.
Hoskins has a shot for the IL triple crown where he is currently third in batting average at .333.
Hoskins comparison to Ryan Howard is stark. Back in 2004 at baseball age 24 and then baseball age 25 in 2005, Howard was fighting to get out of AA and AAA just as Hoskins was buried at AA in 2016 and is now stuck at AAA in 2017. Both of them were at similar ages and stages of their careers.
Eventually, the Phillies traded incumbent first baseman Jim Thome after the 20o5 season to clear the way for Howard and the rest is history including trips to the 2008 and 2009 World Series.
Will the Phillies give Hoskins a chance to play for them at first base this year? Short of injury, I doubt it other than a September call up if they can find a spot for him on the 40 man roster.
The problem is current first baseman Tommy Joseph is about ten years younger than Thome was in 2005. Joseph is all the Phillies have to show for the ill-fated trade back in 2012 when they sent Hunter Pence to the Giants. Pence was the key pickup for the Giants to pave the way for the 2012 and 2014 World Series wins.
In my opinion, Phillies will likely stick with Joseph until they have no other choice. No matter if Hoskins is a waiting MLB power bat and has been ready for the Show for the last two seasons!