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Power-hitting Hoskins taken by Phils in Round 5

After selecting four pitchers to begin their 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Phillies took first baseman Rhys Hoskins with their fifth-round selection.

Hoskins is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound power hitter. The righty belted 12 home runs in 203 at-bats as a junior this season for Sacramento State, and finished among the Cape Cod League leaders in home runs last summer.

The 21-year-old has also played some corner outfield as a freshman and on the Cape, but regardless of where he plays, the Phillies are investing in Hoskins' potential as a slugger.

Hoskins struck out 46 times in 215 at-bats and 42 times in 198-at bats in 2012 and '13, respectively. This season for Sacramento State, he trimmed his strikeouts to 29 in 203 at-bats while posting a career-high 37 walks, two more than he had in his previous two seasons combined.

Hoskins doesn't have much speed, but his patient approach complements his above average bat speed and excellent raw power.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 1 p.m. ET.

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for
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