Player Notebook: Rhys Hoskins


HEIGHT: 6′ 4″, WEIGHT: 225 pounds

BORN: March 17, 1993 in Sacramento, CA

ACQUIRED: Drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft.

TWITTER: @RhysHoskins22

CONTRACT STATUS: Eligible for arbitration following the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons. Eligible for free agency following the 2023 season.

2017 – $535,000 (prorated)

2017 SEASON: Came into the season ranked seventh among all Phillies prospects by Philly Baseball Insider… Was ejected from a game twice in three games (April 18 and 20) for arguing a called third strike… Had a 12-game hitting streak from April 19 to May 2 and hit 4-10-.395 during the streak… Had a team-high five RBI in a game three times with Lehigh Valley… Made his professional debut as an outfielder on August 7… Set Lehigh Valley franchise record for home runs in a season (29), the most by a Phillies AAA player since 1971 when Greg Luzinski and Mike Anderson both hit 36… First Lehigh Valley player to win IL Rookie of the Year and also the first to win IL Most Valuable player… Had his contract selected by the Phillies on August 10. At the time, he led the IL in home runs (29), RBI (91), Runs (78), Slugging percentage (.571) and was tied for first in walks (64)… Made MLB debut August 10… Became the fastest rookie in MLB history to reach 11 home runs, hitting his 11th in just his 18th game. Was also the fastest rookie to nine and 10 home runs… Named the NL Rookie of the Month for August… Finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year balloting.

2016 SEASON: Came into the season ranked as the 15th best prospect in the Phillies organization by Philly Baseball Insider… Spent the entire season with Reading… Had a 19-game hitting streak from April 10 to May 2, hitting 5-18-.293 during the streak… Had three multi-home run games… Named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for June (13-33-.351) Selected as an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star… Named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year award… Was co-winner of the Paul Owens award with Dylan Cozens… Finished second among all minor league players in home runs (38), third in RBI (116) and total bases (282).

2015 SEASON: Began the season with Lakewood… Named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May (2-23-.342)… Selected as a South Atlantic League midseason all-star… Hit .363 (33-for-91) with RISP with Lakewood… Promoted to Clearwater on June 25… Reached base safely in 57 of 67 games with Clearwater.

2014 SEASON: Began his professional career with Williamsport… Tied for fourth in the New York-Penn League in games (70), tied for sixth in home runs (9) and RBI (40)… Participated in the Florida Instructional League.

PERSONAL NOTES: 2011 graduate of Jesuit high School (California) and attended Cal State University, Sacramento… Named the 2014 Western Athletic Conference player of the year in his junior season.


Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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