Are the Phillies going to start locking up their young talent?

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 3: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the top of the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on July 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 3: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the top of the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on July 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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CLEARWATER, FL – MARCH 25: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning of a Grapefruit League spring training game at Spectrum Field on March 25, 2018 in Clearwater, Florida. The Orioles won 6-5. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Rhys Hoskins

Despite playing less than two months in the major-leagues, Rhys Hoskins had one of the best offensive seasons of anyone on the team. His 2.0 wins above replacement made him the fifth-most valuable player on the team for the entire season.

Hoskins’s 18 home run explosion in his first 34 games got everyone finally talking about the Phillies again. Beyond that power, he displayed impressive plate discipline with a 17.5 percent walk rate and .396 on-base percentage. Even when he struggled in the final weeks of the season, he still showed that plate discipline.

Extending Hoskins may not be on Philadelphia’s priority list. He is still under team control for the next few seasons, not becoming arbitration-eligible until the 2021 season. His extension may not come until next year, but if he hits even remotely as well as he did last year, keeping him on the team will be key.

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