When Rhys Hoskins began his Major League career by going hitless in his first 12 at bats, most Phillies fans probably did not expect much from the 24 year old Sacramento native. Just another call up for a floundering team who might sink or swim, and by all indications, he would sink.
Little did those fans realize they were about to witness history.
During a dismal trip to San Diego, which saw the Phils get swept by the just as hapless Padres, Hoskins cranked out two solo home runs in one game. He followed that up the next day with a two-run shot. When the Phillies arrived in San Francisco for a three game series starting August 19th, that’s when the Rhys Hoskins show began in earnest.
He homered in two of the three games, both of which were wins for the Phillies. Hoskins also clubbed a home run in Game One of a double-header in the Phils return home versus Miami August 22nd, which they lost 12-8. But Hoskins was just getting warmed up. In a five game stretch from August 23rd to the 27th, he homered in each game, driving in 13 runs. The game on the 23rd saw Hoskins homer and drive in five runs as Philadelphia salvaged the final game of their series with the Marlins with an 8-0 win.
Hoskins ended the month of August with a .304 average, 11 home runs, 25 RBIs, and 19 runs scored in 22 games. Along the way, he became the only player in MLB history to hit 11 home runs in his first 18 games. To cap it all off, Hoskins was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August.
Hoskins is no stranger to putting up impressive numbers. In 2016 at AA Reading, he batted .281 with 38 home runs, 116 RBIs, and 95 runs scored. Before his August call up, Hoskins hit .284 for AAA Lehigh Valley with 29 home runs, 91 RBIs, and 78 runs scored. Whether his first month as a Phillie was just a flash in the pan or a sign of bigger and better things to come, only time will tell. But one thing is certain. Rhys Hoskins has been a bright spot for Philadelphia fans in an otherwise lackluster season.