Welcome to the show, Rhys!
The Phillies announced on Thursday afternoon that first base prospect Rhys Hoskins was called up to the 25-man roster from Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the homestand against the New York Mets. The Phillies optioned fellow outfielder Cam Perkins back to the Iron Pigs to make room on the roster for Hoskins.
Hoskins, 24, will not be at the corner infield, though. He will be playing left field to give both he and Joseph ample at-bats in the final seven weeks. Hoskins’ only path to the majors for playing time this year was if he moved positions, or Joseph was traded. Hoskins has not played regularly in the outfield since college, but this week, Iron Pigs manager Dusty Wathan played him in left field in an effort to speedy the major league promotion he deserved.
The slugger is a first baseman by trade, but the club wants to see how Joseph and Hoskins can mesh together. Over the final month and a half, it gives Joseph time to build up some trade value heading towards the winter meetings. Both should be regulars in the lineup for Pete Mackanin’s club.
Aaron Altherr is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and not expected to return until September, NBC Sports reports. Hoskins should see immediate regular playing time for the foreseeable future. When Altherr returns, it’s yet to be seen who will leave the outfield rotation. The Phillies have a surprisingly crowded outfield.
Hoskins’ bat has proven to be major league ready through the season at Lehigh Valley. He’s slashing .284/.385/.581 this season with 29 home runs and 91 RBI’s. At Double-A last season, Hoskins put up a formidable 38 homers with 118 RBI’s.
The fifth round draft pick in 2014 has progressed quickly in the minors, proving his value as a slugger who can control AB’s. In 115 games, he has walked 64 times to 75 strikeouts. During his professional career, Hoskins has 211 walks to 353 K’s.
Hoskins will make his Major League Baseball debut tonight in game one of the four-game series against with Mets. He is hitting seventh- behind Joseph- and in left field.
The Phillies’ full lineup around him for tonight is below. They will all have the task of facing Mets ace Jacob DeGrom.
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Nick Williams, RF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Rhys Hoskins, LF
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Vince Velasquez, P
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