Phillies: Five things to look forward to next season

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins
SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins /

Phillies baseball has been far from entertaining this year, but here are five reasons you should watch in 2018

Rhys Hoskins

Few prospects in the Phillies drew as much demand as first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Hitting 27 home runs for the IronPigs this season Hoskins was blocked by Tommy Joseph for most of the 2017 season.

After losing Aaron Altherr to a hamstring injury the Phillies gave Hoskins the opportunity to play left field and platoon at first base with Joseph. An overaggressive approach at the plate over his first three games made Hoskins 0-10 with four strikeouts to start his career.

In front of friends and family in San Diego, Hoskins launched his first two major league home runs deep into the California night. Since hitting those home runs on August 14 Hoskins is hitting .343 with seven home runs.

The emergence of Hoskins‘ power in just a handful of games has fans dreaming of what he could provide over an entire major league season. Teams will begin to change their approach with the 24-year-old, and how he adjusts will make all the difference in his career.

A full season of Hoskins launching home runs at Citizens Bank Park will certainly be a major storyline fans will be talking about heading into the 2017 season.