-The K Zone-
January 12th 2017
Interview by Mike Duffy
The other day I was able to interview Phillies #12 in their top prospect list (according to MLB Pipeline) Rhys Hoskins. Yesterday he was invited to Phillies 2017 spring training! This is huge because he is the only 1st baseman in the top 30 of the Phillies prospects and if you haven’t heard, the Phillies need a counter part to Tommy Joseph now that Ryan Howard isn’t coming back and that the Phillies just traded Darin Ruf to the Dodgers in a packaged deal for Howie Kendrick. You heard it here first! This year in AA he had a .281 BA and scored 95 times with 38 of them being home runs!
Mike Duffy: I was wondering when you go from high school, minor leagues, to the majors, what was the biggest challenge when you reach each stage?
Rhys Hoskins: Biggest challenge really is that along with the competition just getting better and better, you play a lot more games at each level! You just have to figure out how to maintain and strengthen your body so you feel good when it gets to late in the season. That has been the hardest thing so far for me, figuring out what works for me so I feel my best at the end of the season.
Mike Duffy: How did you feel when you got drafted?
Rhys Hoskins: It was a dream come true. I had worked countless hours to reach that goal and it happened!
Mike Duffy: What did you do best this season?
Rhys Hoskins: I felt like I really honed my approach this season with men in scoring position, and iKnocked in a lot of runs because of it.
Mike Duffy: This offseason whats the major thing your planning to work on?
Rhys Hoskins: This offseason I’m really focusing on getting my foundation back for my strength. I have played the last couple offseason and haven’t really had the chance to focus on the gym.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite thing about being an Phillie?
Rhys Hoskins: The coaching staff and friends I’ve made on the teams I’ve been on are an awesome part about being a Philly.
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite hobby besides baseball?
Rhys Hoskins: I love traveling and see different cultures and exploring new cities. Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Rhys Hoskins: I grew up watching Barry Bonds play and I still to this day think he is arguably the best hitter To ever play this game.
Mike Duffy: Who’s the hardest pitcher you faced this season?
Rhys Hoskins: The best pitcher i faced this year was German Marquez, in the Rockies organization. Guy threw 100 mph, kept the ball down in the strike zone, and had a good breaking ball on top of it!
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite stadium?
Rhys Hoskins: Favorite stadium I’ve played in is Citizens Bank Park!
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite movie/tv show?
Rhys Hoskins: Favorite Movie: Wedding Crashers, show: Suits
Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?
Rhys Hoskins: Just keep livin’