Someday soon Rhys Hoskins will have someone hitting behind him in the batting order giving protection. The day that happens the Phillies will have a potent force to be reckon with in the middle of the lineup.
Saturday, both Hoskins in Philadelphia and Darick Hall in Tampa hit three-run homers in the sixth inning of their respective games. The Phillies won as did its Florida State League farm team over 1,000 miles to the south. I can’t wait until they are in the same MLB lineup.
Until Hall is in the Phillies lineup, the major league team will need Hoskins to go yard more often than the four times he has so far this season. They will continue to be forced to rely on great pitching as they did yesterday with starter Aaron Nola to eek out a win.
Don’t plan on Hoskins ever moving back to first base with Hall in the organization, though!
Hall is already dominating force in the FSL. He has hit 6 home runs in his first 15 games of the season for the Clearwater Threshers. He gets his second game off of the season Sunday. I guess the “experts” in the Phillies minor league department apparently want to save some of his power for when he arrives at Citizen Bank Park someday?
In his last 9 games, Hall has gone deep 5 times. Yesterday’s three-run Hall blast at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium went out to right even with the wind blowing in from center and sealed a 7-3 victory.
Hall is second in all the minor leagues with six home runs!
Hall is on pace to hit almost 50 home runs. A figure no one has even come close to reaching in the FSL. He hit 29 homers in 121 games last season, most of them with Lakewood in the SAL. Back in 2015, Hoskins only managed 8 home runs in 67 games plus one in the playoffs when he was playing for Clearwater.
Look for Hall to move up to the home run hitting friendly Eastern League with Reading around the June 16th FSL All-Star game. In a full season in 2016, Hoskins hit 38 home runs in 135 games with Reading.
In the meantime those of us stationed in the Tampa Bay Area will have fun watching Darick Hall hit majestic home runs when he is in the lineup no matter what direction the wind is blowing.