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How Rhys Hoskins’ historic power display earned him major league honors

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins celebrates a home run against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 25. The Sacramento native was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins celebrates a home run against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 25. The Sacramento native was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August. The Associated Press

Rhys Hoskins didn’t get off to the best start in the major leagues, but when he got going, the pace was at times historic.

The Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/first baseman – a Jesuit High School graduate who played three years at Sacramento State – was named the National League Rookie of the Month for August, putting on a power display that has his name in the record books.

Hoskins, who led the International League with 29 home runs as a member of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley WarPigs before being called up Aug. 10, needed a small adjustment period in the bigs. He didn’t get his first hit until his fourth game and was 1 for 13 (.077) after that contest.

The next day, he began a tear for the ages.

Hoskins hit the first two home runs of his career on Aug. 14 in a 7-4 loss at San Diego. That eventually led to Hoskins becoming the fastest player in major league history to reach 11 homers, doing so in 64 at-bats over 18 games – 17 at-bats fewer than two New York Yankees players: Gary Sanchez last season and Shane Spencer in 1998-99.

In all, the Sacramento native finished August hitting .304 with 11 home runs, 25 RBIs and 19 runs scored to become the first Phillies player since Maikel Franco in June 2015 to win the honor.

On a side note: Hoskins’ 91 RBIs in Triple A still led the International League entering play Sunday.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi took home American League honors for the month.

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