Phillies: Five prospects that could be called up by the end of 2017

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Rhys Hoskins #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies and the U.S. Team attempts to field the throw against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Rhys Hoskins #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies and the U.S. Team attempts to field the throw against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Rhys Hoskins #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies and the U.S. Team looks on in the first inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

First baseman Rhys Hoskins

Rhys Hoskins has been one of the top hitters this season not just in the Phillies farm system, but in the minor-leagues as well. His .961 OPS, 66 RBI, and 175 total bases all lead the International League. He is second in home runs to his teammate Dylan Cozens with 20.

Overall, Hoskins has a .289/.385/.576 slash line with 88 hits in 88 games. Nearly half of Hoskins’ hits have gone for extra bases with 43 extra-base hits, including four triples. His plate discipline has been strong as well with 47 walks compared to 53 strikeouts in 358 plate appearances. For what it’s worth, Hoskins’ defense has been strong as well with a .997 fielding percentage.

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Thanks to his stellar offensive performance this year, Hoskins was selected to represent the team in the Futures Game Sunday as part of the All-Star Game festivities. He started the game in the cleanup spot, being hit by a pitch and singling in three plate appearances.

At the game, Hoskins was asked whether or not he thinks he’s ready for the major-leagues.

He definitively said, “Of course, I’m ready.” From his performance this year, he certainly looks like he is.

The only thing standing in Hoskins’ way is Tommy Joseph. He leads the team in home runs and has performed well since a rough start to the season. As long as Joseph is on the team, it will be hard for Hoskins to reach the majors. However, there is speculation that Joseph could be traded at the deadline at the end of this month, which would give Hoskins a golden ticket to jump right into the major-league starting lineup.

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