We’ve put a little over a month worth of games under our belt for 2017 Major League Baseball fantasy season, and already a couple young prospects have been bitten by the injury bug. Ironically, the next man up theory has taken over.
In Seattle, Rookie of the Year candidate Mitch Haniger went down in April, and Ben Gamel has been thrashing ever since his call up. Last Tuesday Gamel made his presence felt in Philadelphia, where another intriguing rookie may get his own chance, sooner than later.
In his first stretch in the minor leagues, Hoskins over the course of 200 games he hit 34 home runs. Nothing too spectacular, but scouts could see something in his swing during his trip through A-ball in 2014.
Last year he played a full season in AA for the Reading Fightin Phils and the power numbers exploded. In 498 plate appearances, he blasted 38 homers, 26 2-baggers and drove in 116 runs. Production that certainly must have current Phillies first baseman Thomas Joseph looking over his shoulder.
Rhys Hoskins started 2017 with Lehigh Valley, where he has continued to launch bombs for the IronPigs. Just 34 games into the AAA International League season, Hoskins has 8 home runs to go along with 26 RBIs.
His current batting average is an impressive .339, with 8 doubles in his 115 trips to the plate. Hoskins is the prototypical major league first baseman, standing 6’4″ and packing a solid 225 pounds on his 24-year-old frame.
If your fantasy league has a minor league spot on the roster, hard to pass up the kind of numbers that Rhys Hoskins is putting up. If you haven’t already taken a flier on him, now might be a good time, before someone else beats you to the opportunity.
Even if Thomas Joseph turns out as projected, this kid is going to play somewhere in a MLB lineup, and with the state of affairs in the City of Brotherly Love, don’t be surprised if he generates a lot of trade interest over the summer.