It has not been easy for the Phillies Rhys Hoskins as he continues to break all time MLB home run records against all odds.
The Phillies finally invited him as a non-roster invitee to the major league camp in the spring. He had to wait until August 10th of this year to get an opportunity to play in the major leagues despite great offensive numbers at AAA and AA.
The No. 1 Baseball publication, Baseball America rated him at mid-season before his call-up only as No. 69 of the top 100 minor league prospects even though he hit 38 home runs last season in AA and 29 homers this season at AAA.
What I like about Rhys is that he is an intelligent player who studies the game. Last night the TV camera caught him studying an I-Pad in the dugout while awaiting his next at bat.
Hoskins is the fastest player in MLB history to hit 18 homers, needing only 34 games to do it. Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had been the previous fastest, hitting his 18th and 19th homers in his 45th career game.
A few days ago I went out and bought a Topps Baseball baseball card that honored his record 1oth homer run in his first 17 games. I thought that was an amazing feat but little did I know it will be only the beginning of rewriting the MLB record books by him.
He has done all this while in addition to playing first base, he is also seeing time in left field. A position the Phillies only recently asked him to play.
What Rhys Hoskins has accomplished so far has demonstrated to all of us a teachable moment that with great skill, dedication and perseverance we have a chance to overcome all obstacles put in our way even by the most challenged of our superiors.