Rhys Hoskins injury: Top 3 replacements for injured Phillies star
By Matt Rappa
Option 3. Phillies replace Rhys Hoskins by considering under-the-radar names already on their roster.
If the Phillies would rather not mess with Alec Bohm and bounce him between playing time at third base and first base, the club could consider some other internal options.
A name that sticks out is the 26-year-old Kody Clemens — the son of 11-time All-Star and seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens.
The Phillies acquired Clemens earlier this offseason as part of the trade that sent Matt Vierling and Nick Maton to the Detroit Tigers.
While primarily used at third base in his rookie season, Clemens also logged 73 innings at first base, committing zero errors spanning 58 chances while recording 53 putouts. This spring, Clemens is slashing .333/.409/.641 with three doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBI spanning 17 games and 39 at-bats.
These favorable numbers only help Clemens' chances to make the team and become a temporary mainstay in the lineup while Hoskins is out.
The Phillies have other internal options to consider, albeit they are non-roster invitees. A name that comes to mind is Scott Kingery, who has been known for his versatility but ironically has yet to play first base in the majors.
Kingery is in the final year of his six-season, $24 million contract signed in March 2018. Slashing .357/.413/.476 this spring, Kingery is giving it all he has this spring to show he deserves a final chance in Major League Baseball. If the Phillies exhaust all other options to replace Hoskins, just perhaps Kingery is their ultimate solution.