Sometimes the baseball gods bring along a player that changes the landscape of the game historically, and this year that player is Rhys Hoskins. The Philadelphia Phillies outfielder is off to a torrid pace and is setting Major League Baseball records left and right.
On Sunday, he was also involved in the start of a triple play against the Chicago Cubs.
Hoskins dove to the ground on a low line drive hit by the Cubs’ Javier Baez and made a spectacularly tough catch. He then threw the ball to second base for an easy out, then Cesar Hernandez fired it to first base for the triple play.
But his fielding hasn’t even been the highlight of Hoskins’ short professional career at the major league level.
Hoskins has hit 11 home runs in his first 18 games which is an MLB record, and according to ESPN, he only needs one more home run in his next 11 games to set another record.
He is already receiving curtain calls from Phillies’ fans as well.
“To be the one they’re saying your name,” Hoskins said, “I just get the goosebumps thinking about it,” via the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The young outfielder is making a name for himself on almost a nightly basis, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon is even impressed.
“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. 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,” via the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Home runs in five straight games, and eight of his last nine, has put Hoskins in some good company early on. He is only four home runs shy of the Phillies record for home runs in a month (15) that was achieved by the legendary Jim Thome and Cy Williams.
Expect Rhys Hoskins to be around MLB for a very long time, and enjoy his laid back approach to baseball while you can. And start keeping track of how many more of baseball’s records the outfielder can break before he hangs up his cleats.