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Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: RHYS HOSKINS 1B/OF PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

 After what could only be described as an epic home run explosion from Philadelphia Phillies rookie outfielder Rhys Hoskins in 2017 (18 long balls in just 212 at-bats), there was no stopping the hype train from picking up unending speed as fantasy baseball drafts got underway the following spring.  While it is a fact that home runs are more plentiful than ever before, Hoskins represented the opportunity to get in on the ground floor for what many predicted would be a true monster performance in 2018.  Once again though, the optimism outpaced the actual game production of Hoskins for long stretches of last season and while he still put forth an excellent tally of 34 homers, 89 runs scored, and 96 RBI; there was a sense that the guy was a bit of a letdown.  The latter point gets driven home a bit more when you look at Hoskins' ugly .246 average and for the fact, it took an extra 448 at-bats to garner those additional 16 home runs.  So it goes for Hoskins as we head to 2019 fantasy baseball as this is still a somewhat flawed power hitter who seems to be in the same mold of a Giancarlo Stanton with regards to combining big home run ability with a strikeout-heavy approach that could result in yearly batting averages that are not helpful.  Turning just 26 in March, Hoskins has every right to approach 40 homers, 90 runs scored, and 100 RBI this season which is excellent three-category production but the threat of a shaky average mute some of last season's hype.  Also keep in mind Hoskins will re-gain first base eligibility early in 2019 as he moves back to the position full-time after the Phillies traded away Carlos Santana last winter.
2019 PROJECTION:  .263 39 HR 108 RBI 93 R 4 SB  

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