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Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: RHYS HOSKINS OUTFIELDER PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

With this already being the third Status Report done on  Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins in just two-plus months of the 2018 fantasy baseball season, there has been a lot of issues worth discussing to say the least.  Having come into the season among the most highly sought-after players in drafts after Hoskins came up midway through 2017 and began a nightly home run assault on the league, expectations went through the roof.  As so often happens with young players amid those expectations, the resulting production has not matched the hype as Hoskins began to develop struggles at the dish and then was forced to go on the DL with injury.  Since coming off the DL 8 games ago however, Hoskins has been really good and the power is really starting to take off.  So with that said let's dig in a bit deeper here.

Now as far as the season as a whole so far, Hoskins has been good in two of the three months.  A .303 April with 4 home runs was a fine start but the bottom really fell out in May when he sank to a ghastly .161 average with 2 home runs and K's everywhere.  Then the injury hit as Hoskins' owners became even more beside themselves.  Since his return to the lineup though, Hoskins has hit .333 with 4 home runs in just 30 at-bats which speaks to the massive potential here. 

Moving into the advanced statistics world, Hoskins still is struggling in the strikeout column but his ridiculous 32.0 K percentage in May is down to just 17.1 in June which is promising.  Add in an overall 15.1 BB/9 which is tremendous and things are looking up here for the slugger.  If Hoskins can continue to lower his strikeout rate as he had done so far in June, the power will really begin to flow and the home runs will really become potent as well.  I personally remain bullish on Hoskins and think he is a major hold for those who own him.  You already have hopefully gone through the struggle phase and so you should make sure you are there for when things turn for the better like they look like they are. 

 

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