Hoskins could get time as the Phillies starting left fielder with Tommy Joseph at first
Phillies prospect Rhys Hoskins will be added to the 25-man roster Thursday afternoon according to MLB.com Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki. The 24-year-old is rated by MLB.com as Philadelphia’s sixth-best prospect, the fourth-best first base prospect in baseball, and the 71st best major league prospect.
No corresponding move has been announced, but a likely candidate to return to the IronPigs is outfielder Cam Perkins.
Hoskins, primarily a first baseman, has received reps in left field for the IronPigs in the past couple of days. He’s expected to play primarily in left field for the injured Aaron Altherr while also platooning with Tommy Joseph at first.
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A fast riser through Philadelphia’s farm system Hoskins exploded onto the scene last season in Double A Reading with 38 home runs and 116 RBIs for the Fightin’ Phils. Starting this season in Triple A Hoskins has shown not just his raw power, but the ability to hit for average.
In 115 games Hoskins has smashed 24 home runs while sustaining a respectable .284 batting average.
The future continues to take shape in the everyday lineup with Nick Williams getting everyday starts in right field and catcher Jorge Alfaro now with the club. In a season marred by losses and a slew of trade deadline moves, Philadelphia appears prepared to give their young players a chance to prove themselves.
With Hoskins now somewhat familiar with left field, expect the outfield to feature Williams in right, Odubel Herrera in center, and Hoskins in left. Daniel Nava will continue to get looks as the waiver trade deadline approaches, and could spell Hoskins or Williams when necessary.
The biggest question remaining is how Joseph and Hoskins both get time in the field as right-handed bats primarily suited for first. Manager Pete Mackanin, who’s historically done a poor job managing the lineup, will have some tough decisions to make with Nava on the trade block.