Hoskins went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk Saturday against the Pirates.
The young slugger was the first batter to face Pirates reliever Michael Feliz, and he promptly met him with a three-run shot to left field. Hoskins is now hitting .328 with an absurd 1.127 OPS and even has three stolen bases.
Hoskins went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Thursday against the Pirates.
Hoskins took Jameson Taillon deep in the second inning, the start of a five run inning for the Phillies. He now has exactly one hit in six consecutive games, during which he has five RBI and six runs scored. It's been an impressive start for the second year player, as he's hitting .327/.486/.618 in 55 at-bats.
Hoskins has the lowest groundball rate among qualified hitters, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Hoskins' 20.0 percent groundball rate is the lowest in baseball. Avoiding grounders is generally a good thing, though an extreme approach could cause some issues. A flyball-heavy approach can cause a low BABIP, as it's harder for a flyball to find a hole than it is for a grounder. That certainly hasn't happened for Hoskins so far this year, as he's ridden a .424 BABIP to a .327/.485/.592 line through his first 66 plate appearances. Expect that line to fall as more of his flyballs find outfielders' gloves, but as long as he's walking nearly as much as he's striking out (14:15 BB:K so far this year) and as long as enough of those flies are hit hard enough to leave the park, he should continue being a very productive hitter.
Hoskins is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Hoskins receives a standard day of rest following seven straight games in the lineup as Scott Kingery draws a start in left field for the series finale. Over the first couple weeks of the year, Hoskins is hitting .375/.500/.719 with two home runs, nine RBI and two stolen bases.
Hoskins went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, three RBI and three runs scored Saturday against the Marlins.
Hoskins has opened the season with four multihit games and 12 combined runs and RBI, doing his best to prove that his impressive major-league debut last season wasn't a fluke. Even more encouraging has been his plate discipline, as he has walked five times compared to seven strikeouts. He has only one home run but has provided value in all other categories, even chipping in two steals.
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