The 2017 major league baseball season has not been a very good one for the Philadelphia Phillies. Through the first 3/4 of the season, the Phillies find themselves more than 30 games out of first place and all but illuminated from the playoffs. While the Phillies have not had a very good season overall, a recent new storyline shows that the team may have a lot of reasons for future excitement (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/phillies-rhys-hoskins-makes-history-with-10th-home-run-to-start-his-career/).
On Saturday in a game against the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies lost by a score of 17 to 2. However, the team did see their star rookie player Rhys Hoskins hit a home run. This home run ended up being the 10th of Rhys Hoskins’ season and career. While 10 home runs in a season is not overly exciting, the amazing part is that he has hit all ten in just the past two weeks. With his latest homer in just his 17th career game, Hoskins became the fastest player in MLB history to get his tenth homer.
The latest home run allowed Hoskins to break the MLB record that was previously set by Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees just last season. Since Hoskins was called up to the Phillies on August 10, he has a batting average of nearly .300 and the best overall slugging percentage in the National League. Amazingly, Hoskins has hit more home runs in the past ten days than three entire teams, including the division-leading Washington Nationals. Hoskins is also quickly climbing the team home run leader chart. He now ranks 7th on the team in season home runs and is only nine behind the team leader.
Hoskins is generally considered an older rookie in the league. He was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round about five years ago, but has spent the last four years in the minor leagues. While in the minor leagues, Hoskins continued to show that he has the power to hit a lot of home runs and could also be a productive player in the field.
While it has been a poor season for the Phillies overall, there are other reasons to be optimistic about the future as well. The team has seen several younger players take big steps forward this year, including Aaron Altherr who is batting .285 and looks like he could be a staple on the Phillies for years to come.