Philadelphia Phillies: Rhys Hoskins provides a successful future
In only a few weeks, Rhys Hoskins has made a name for himself with the Philadelphia Phillies. The slugger became the fastest player in MLB history to launch 10 home runs, after hitting a first inning homer versus the Cubs on Saturday.
Hoskins provides a power bat that Philly has longed for since the days of Ryan Howard. He adds strength to a young nucleus which includes Nick Williams, Aaron Nola, Hector Neris, and Odubel Herrera. The left fielder’s power surge gives the Phitin’ Phils some leeway in terms of trade candidates.
They can either create a package that includes Tommy Joseph and move Hoskins to first base, or they can trade either Aaron Altherr or Herrera, which would leave Hoskins in left.
The Phillies will have a better chance of attracting free agents as well. Philly is a terrific sports town with a strong fan base and the Phils have one of the more attractive young group of players in The Show.
The NL East is led by the Nationals, but with their plethora of injuries, it looks like their run of success might end sooner rather later. Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy are scheduled to become free agents in 2019 and if they continue to falter in the playoffs that give more leverage to teams pursuing Harper and Murphy.
Philadelphia has a smart general manager in Matt Klentak who doesn’t really overspend on players. He constantly wants to support player development in the Phils’ farm system and is always looking to make deals that will help in the long term as well as the short term. For example, the Phillies traded Ken Giles to Houston for a package of players and signed Jeremy Hellickson and Howie Kendrick before dealing them around the trade deadline.
Hoskins looks excellent at the plate right now, but when considering all of the future possibilities of the Philadelphia Phillies it appears as though the word “excellent” might be used to describe their whole franchise pretty soon.