Philadelphia Phillies: Are Scott Kingery and Rhys Hoskins the next great MLB duo?
The Philadelphia Phillies have shown promise over the past week and a big thanks can be paid to rookie second baseman Scott Kingery and slugger Rhys Hoskins.
Kingery is batting .258 with two homers and 17 RBIs heading into Wednesday’s game with the Cincinnati Reds.
Hoskins has a .375 average to go along with a slugging percentage of .719.
Sure it’s early in the 2018 campaign, but both have been impressive in how they’ve played the game and they’ve helped to carry the Phillies offense.
Two of Kingery’s extra-base hits have come with a 1-2 count and he’s batting .333 with runners on base. The 23-year-old can rake and he has shown confidence.
Hoskins has four hits with a 1-2 count, which is the most he’s had in any count so far in 2018.
The former Sacramento State Hornet has eight RBIs with runners in scoring position and he’s posting a .500 clip when leading off an innings.
Kingery and Hoskins are terrific at creating a spark in the Phils’ offense and they’ve made the Phillies lineup a formidable and consistent force.
Both players are versatile. Hoskins can play first base or one of the corner outfield spots. Kingery can play anywhere in the field except catcher and maybe first base. This adds to the potential greatness of this dynamic duo in Philly.
How Good Will Hoskins and Kingery Be This Season?
Good luck trying to find a good pitching matchup for Hoskins. The big fella is hitting .385 vs right-handed pitchers this year. Even though in 2017 he posted a .171 average versus lefties, the slugger is hitting .333 against them this year.
Kingery is batting .250 against right-handed pitchers; he’s also recorded a .286 clip versus southpaws.
Sure there’s room for improvement, but out of all the hitting duos in the MLB this duo has something special brewing in the “City of Brotherly Love”.
The Scott Kingery-Rhys Hoskins duo is a strong wave of versatility and good contact hitting that has pushed Philly’s offense to a point of strength. By watching how these guys carry themselves it’s crystal clear that they will be around the game for a long time wrecking havoc on the opposition.