Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins continues historic home run pace
If you don’t know the name “Rhys Hoskins” by now, get familiar. The Phillies rookie left fielder is absolutely crushing the ball and turning heads for his home-run proficiency.
Hoskins has hit nine home runs in his first 16 career games. He’s the first MLB rookie to accomplish that feat since 1913.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) August 25, 2017
To put this into context, if Hoskins were to continue this pace for a full season, he would hit 91.13 homers over the course of the year. The all-time home-run record belongs to Barry Bonds, who hit 73 in 2001. That comparison is a stretch, obviously, but it makes clear how insane Hoskins’ performance at the plate has been.
Hoskins played A and AA ball in 2015 and 2016, and he played AAA for most of this season before being called up for the first time just two weeks ago.
Hoskins clubbed 93 homers in his four minor-league seasons. Needless to say, the 24-year-old doesn’t seem intent on going back to the minors.