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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: RHYS HOSKINS 1B/OF PHILDELPHIA PHILLIES

Unable to keep him in the minor leagues any longer given the beyond advanced power bat he continues to show, the Philadelphia Phillies are prepared to promote top first base prospect Rhys Hoskins to make his MLB debut on Thursday.  Only that his debut will come in the outfield and not at first base as the Phils hd Hoskins undergo a crash course in the latter since he was blocked from manning his natural position.  We have seen many cases of big-time bats being moves to another position in order to get them in the lineup and clearly this is what the rebuilding Phillies are doing here with the kid.  While there are no guarantees about how Hoskins will do defensively, there seems to be no doubt about the thunderous bat he brings to the major leagues.  Already Hoskins has cracked a monster 28 home runs with 86 RBI and 76 runs scored in 470 at-bats at Triple-A and clearly the power jumps off the page as Hoskins' calling card.  What really makes Hoskins unique when it comes to power prospects is that he doesn't have the high strikeout rate that 80 percent of them do when they the reach the majors.  Hoskins is batting .280 so far this season and he hit .281 at Double-A a year ago.  Hoskins in particular in 2017 has shown terrific plate discipline as his 13.6 BB/9 rate is phenomenal and would make Jason Giambi proud and his 16.0 K/9 rate is superb as well.  So that means Hoskins won't be the average liability that most young power prospects are at least initially and all of that power figures to show up right away.  In most competitive leagues Hoskins should be owned already due to his sky-high upside but check anyway as this kid will be a star real soon.


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