Philadelphia Phillies: Five biggest surprises in 2017

MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Pat Neshek
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 13: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 13, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 8-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Rhys Hoskins

Many had their doubts regarding Rhys Hoskins entering the 2017 season thinking of him merely as a power bat that came out of nowhere in a small ballpark. After fans revolted in protest for Hoskins’ call-up during the summer the outfielder/first baseman has put himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation.

Hitting home runs at a historically rapid pace, Hoskins revitalized Phillies baseball in a matter of weeks. A rebuild that seemed endless now stands to be on the right track.

The Big Rhys might just be the next face of the franchise, filling the role of a Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, or Ryan Howard on the next championship team.