Rhys Hoskins brings hope to a brutal Phillies season

Ever since Rhys Hoskins joined the roster in August, the homers keep coming

Rhys Hoskins brings hope to a brutal Phillies season

Josh Meyers, Staff Reporter

The Philadelphia Phillies have had a rough five years of baseball.

  Ever since they lost to the St Louis Cardinals in the 2011 NLDS series, things just haven’t gone right for the Phillies. After the reigns of players like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Carlos Ruiz ended, the Phillies lacked having a best player and a team leader.

  Until the Phillies faced the Padres on August 14th.

  The legend of Rhys Hoskins started when he was born in Sacramento, California on March 17th, 1993.

  He attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, and then attended California State University in Sacramento and played for the Sacramento State Hornets baseball team.

 Then, in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Phillies selected Hoskins in the 5th round, 142nd overall. He joined the Williamsport Crosscutters, one of the Phillies minor league teams and made his way up into the farm system with his last minor league team being the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. He posted a batting average of .281 and belted 29 home runs with 91 RBIs with the Iron Pigs.

  The Phillies just had to call this guy up.

  Before his game versus the Padres on August 14th, Rhys Hoskins only had 1 hit in his first four major league games. But this day was the start of something amazing. Hoskins hit 2 home runs, his first and second home runs of his career.

  The Phillies lost but you could see how a bright future starting for the Phillies at Petco Park. The next night against the Padres, Hoskins hit another dinger.  The next series against the San Francisco Giants, Hoskins hit two home runs to bring his HR total to five. In his first game at Citizens Bank Park, Hoskins lined a homer off of the top of the fence in center field and into the bushes and then two games after that, Hoskins crushed a home run to the left field second deck, a monster shot.

  Guess what Hoskins did the next day? He hit another home run.

  So if you are counting, Hoskins has hit eight home runs in fifteen games, already the fastest player to hit eight homers to start his career.

  If you thought it was already getting out of hand by then, the next few games against the Cubs will blow your mind. Rhys Hoskins homered in all three games of the Cubs series, being the only baseball player in Major League Baseball history to hit his 9th, 10th, and 11th blasts in the fewest amount of games.

  Amazing!

  Hoskins hasn’t only just hit eleven home runs in his first eighteen games, he was also on a five game home run streak the. Just amazing. In the next sixteen games after that, Hoskins totaled seven more home runs to be the fastest to hit his 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th home runs, hitting those 18 in only 34 career games.

  He received the NL Rookie of the Month award for August.

  Rhys Hoskins has broken many MLB records and can still break even more. He is supposed to be on the Phillies next year, jumping from first base to left field when the Phillies need that position.

 The Phillies are looking like they have a new Babe Ruth. Rhys Hoskins is the future leader, and if these young players succeed in the majors, then the Phillies could have a bright future.