(Photo Credit, Sacramento State Athletics, www.hornetsports.com)
It has been yet another trying season for Philadelphia Phillies fans, as their baseball club has once again assumed the bottom of the NL East standings. As the losses have kept piling up, Phillies fans have found something to be excited about and that is their steadily improving farm system.
In August, the entire baseball world was able to witness one of the most exciting prospects – Rhys Hoskins. A 24-year-old first basement with quick bat speed and plenty of raw power, Hoskins has seemingly taken the MLB by storm, slugging a record-breaking number of home runs in his first 20-career games. Through his first 31-games, the young Phillies phenom has already launched 14 bombs out of the park, putting together an impressive slash line of .296/.420/1.142.
But before skyrocketing into the explosive rookie that he has immediately become, August’s NL Rookie of the Month was an unknown and unwanted amateur prospect who attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. Being selected in the MLB Draft appeared as nothing more than a dream for the teenage Hoskins. Failing to attract much attention from essentially every school in the nation, Sacramento State gave Hoskins the break that he desperately needed.
Swept under the carpet by most, Sacramento State’s coach, Reggie Christiansen, saw something special in the high school senior.
“He was an extremely gifted athlete that was probably a late bloomer on the baseball side because he hadn’t focused fully on baseball. He was strong,” the Hornets coach told Sporting News. “You could see that he was gonna hit with power. He had a good ability to make contact and put the ball in play. On the non-baseball side, he’s very smart, great student, very humble. He had to grow up faster than most of us.”
Now, a player who was barely recruited out of high school and ended up attending an obscure school for baseball is one of the biggest young stars in the game. With an electric first Big League month in the books, there was really no better choice for the CBBSN’s August Plucked from Obscurity award than the Phillies young slugger and former fifth round pick, Rhys Hoskins.