SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Sacramento State All-American Rhys Hoskins was called up to the big leagues by the Philadelphia Phillies, it was announced today. Hoskins will join the team tonight for its game against the New York Mets. The Phillies will make a trip to the West Coast next week with three games at San Diego (Aug. 14-16) and four games in San Francisco (Aug. 17-20).
When he appears in a game, Hoskins will become the first Hornet to play in a Major League Baseball game since Roland De La Maza threw two innings for the Kansas City Royals on Sept. 26, 1997. The last Sacramento State position player to appear in an MLB contest was outfield LaSchelle Tarver who played 13 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.
Hoskins promotion to the Phillies came after he torched International League pitching this season. While primarily playing first base, Hoskins led the IL in home runs (29), RBI (91), total bases (233), slugging percentage (.581) and OPS (.966). His 29 home runs set the Lehigh Valley franchise single-season record and he's also added 24 doubles, four triples and is hitting .284. Earlier this year he was selected to play in the Futures Game in Miami and was also named to the International League All-Star team.
Lehigh Valley shifted Hoskins to left field on Monday night, marking the first time he played a position other than first base during his minor league career. An article in the Philadelphia Enquirer suggests that Hoskins could see time in left field for the Phillies while also platooning at first base with Tommy Joseph.
At Sacramento State, Hoskins was the WAC Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger All-American as a junior. That season, he led the league with nine home runs and a .5634 slugging percentage while ranking second in RBI (45) and doubles (16). The Sacramento native was selected in the fifth round by the Phillies following the season. He has quickly worked his way through the team's system playing in short-season in 2014, splitting time in low- and high-A in 2015 and Double-A in 2016 before moving to Triple-A after spring training this year.