The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with Rhys Hoskins. The deal is worst $4.8M for 2021
Hoskins, 27, is heading into his fifth big-league season. In Hoskins’ first season he hit 11 home runs in 18 games, this being a record.
Hoskins had a good 2018 but he hasn’t been the same since then.
In 2019 he had a good start of the season but then in the second half he was awful. He had nine home runs and 26 RBIs. He was nowhere near good enough for a cleanup hitter, and he occasionally found himself batting leadoff since he seemed capable of only drawing walks during this extended slump.
2020 was an alright year, but he can still be better.
Hoskins has 91 career homers, 255 RBIs, 269 walks, .239 batting average, .366 OBP, .495 slugging, and a .861 OPS.
Hoskins needs to be better, but he can be as he enters his prime. And, the Phillies need him if they want to win.