Is Rhys Hoskins Underappreciated?
Sometimes, baseball fans find themselves too caught up in a player's batting average while judging whether they are a good player or not. For a player like Rhys Hoskins, that is one of the worst stats he can be judged by because it doesn't tell the full story.
On the season so far, Hoskins has a stat line of .236 AVG, .313 OBP, .492 SLG, .805 OPS with 20 HR and 53 RBI. If it weren't for a 2 for 40 slump in early June, Hoskins' stats would be a little higher as well.
Where does he rank compared to 1B across the MLB?
Hoskins is currently tied for 2nd at the position with his 20 HR, trailing only Vladimir Guerrero Jr, the MVP favorite so far this season. He ranks 7th in RBI with 53 on the season, just 2 RBI shy of being tied for 4th at the position. Hoskins' 53 RBI also ranks 25th across all positions in the MLB, showing that he has been driving in runs with the best of them such as Nick Castellanos (54 RBI), Matt Olson (55 RBI), Brandon Crawford (55 RBI), Fernando Tatis Jr (58 RBI). All of those players were selected to the All Star Game this season.
Hoskins SLG of .492 puts him 5th at the position ahead of division rivals Freddie Freeman and Pete Alonso. One thing Rhys has failed to do this season in comparison to years past is to draw walks which helped contribute to a higher OBP. However, even with a subpar OBP, Hoskins still ranks 8th at the position in OPS, just slightly behind Freeman and Alonso. Rhys also ranks 3rd at the position with 40 XBH, and 4th in Total Bases with 154.
Rhys will likely never be the player hitting .300 AVG, but he constantly drives in runs and hits the ball over the fence. His more aggressive approach at the plate has led to more strikeouts and less walks, and if he can make a slight improvement in those categories, it will pay dividends for the Phillies as they look to make a push for the top spot in the NL East.
- Mike Devlin