Aug 27, 2017

Rhys Lightning

Rhys Hoskins Hits His 11th Career HR In His 18th Career Game
Phillies vs. Cubs - August 27, 2017
Rhys is not just a good prospect.  He is making baseball history.  Yesterday, he became the quickest player to 10 home runs in baseball history when he reached the mark in 17 games, shattering the old record of 21 games shared by George Scott (1966) and Trevor Story (2016).  Today, he hit his 11th home run to left center field in the bottom of the 8th in his 18th career major league game.

I am honored to have been in attendance for his first major league hit and RBI (on August 13), and his 8th major league home run (on August 24th).  I also got to see him play for the Iron Pigs in a double header on my birthday, though I missed him on July 9th in a game against the Railriders (he was playing in the Futures Game).

Some more fun facts about Rhys Hoskins in 2017:
  • He began the season in Triple A.  He reached base in his first 23 games, breaking a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs franchise record.
  • Shortly before his call-up to Philadelphia, he broke the Iron Pigs franchise record for home runs in a single season (29).
  • Tonight's game marks his fifth consecutive game with a home run.  The record for most consecutive games with a HR is eight, shared by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffy Jr. (1993).
    • He would have already tied this record if not for the fact that he failed to hit a home run in game 2 of a double header on Tuesday.
  • Hoskins has hit a home run in more MLB games (10) than not (8), all while playing an unfamiliar position, as he has shifted from 1B to LF after being called up to Philadelphia.
    • He caught a line drive hit by Javier Baez, which began a triple play in today's game against the Cubs.
Rhys Hoskins is the real deal, and it's an exciting time to be a Phillies fan.