#MLBPlayers411 | Rhys Hoskins
When Rhys Hoskins (pronounced \REES\) was called up earlier this month, the Phillies were looking to get some big-league experience for a prospect that had impressed the organization during his time in the minor leagues.
Little did the club know he would make history and captivate the city in his first few weeks.
The 24-year-old from Sacramento, Calif., who was called up on Aug. 10, became the fastest player in MLB history to hit 10 home runs, reaching the milestone in 10 games and just 57 at-bats.
“I kept saying today that it's not real,” teammate Nick Williams told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It's amazing. It's fun to watch. It's fun to be a part of and watch it live.”
In 18 games, Hoskins now has 11 home runs with 24 RBIs, while batting .297. The first baseman who has primarily played left field for the Phillies has a five-game home run streak, along with a nine-game hitting streak.
“It's unbelievable,” catcher Cameron Rupp told The Inquirer. “You've got to see it to believe it, and we're getting to see it every day. It's pretty freaking awesome.”
Signed by the Phillies in 2014 as a fifth-round selection out of the California State-Sacramento, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Hoskins hasn't escaped notice from his opponents during his torrid three weeks, either.
“I don't think I've ever seen a young guy look that profound at home plate,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Look at his walks to strikeouts (11 BB, 13 K).That's the part that tells me he can sustain — not necessarily this pace — but he can sustain it because he doesn't strike out. He will accept his walks. He doesn't expand the strike zone. He uses the whole field. He's a big guy with short movements to the ball. Pretty impressive.”
With his most recent home run on Sunday, Hoskins set a new Phillies' rookie record for home runs in a month, passing Ryan Howard, who had 10 home runs in September 2005. Additionally, Hoskins tied a Phillies record and became just the fourth player to hit a home run in five consecutive games, joining Chase Utley, Bobby Abreu, Mike Schmidt and Dick Allen.
Hoskins made quick strides through the Phillies' minor league system.
In 2016 for Double-A Reading, Hoskins hit .281 with 38 home runs and 116 RBIs, finishing second among all minor leaguers in home runs and third in RBIs.
This season, he was selected to play in the MLB Futures Game. In 115 games with Lehigh Valley – the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate – Hoskins hit .284 with 29 home runs and 91 RBIs. Prior to being called up, Hoskins was leading the International League in home runs, RBIs, runs scored and slugging.
Across five minor league seasons, Hoskins hit .287 with 93 home runs and 337 RBIs, while scoring 289 runs.
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