MIAMI -- One of the greatest starts to a career has earned Rhys Hoskins yet another honor he can add to his list of accomplishments: the National League Rookie of the Month Award for August.Hoskins, who clubbed 11 home runs, knocked in 25 runs and slashed .304/.402/.747, became the first
MIAMI -- One of the greatest starts to a career has earned Rhys Hoskins yet another honor he can add to his list of accomplishments: the National League Rookie of the Month Award for August.
Hoskins, who clubbed 11 home runs, knocked in 25 runs and slashed .304/.402/.747, became the first Phillies player to win the award since Maikel Franco did so in June 2015.
There isn't a whole lot Hoskins hasn't done since he was called up on Aug. 10. The rookie sensation became the quickest player on record (dating back to 1913) to reach 11 career home runs by Aug. 27, needing just 18 games to do so.
After going homerless in his first four games, Hoskins ignited his rare stretch by homering twice against the Padres on Aug. 14.
It took the 2014 fifth-round Draft pick all of 64 at-bats to eclipse the 11-homer mark, which was 17 at-bats fewer than the previous record of 81 held by Shane Spencer (1998-99) and Gary Sanchez (2015-16).
Hoskins needed 19 games to reach 25 RBIs, the second fewest games needed to do so since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Cubs outfielder Mandy Brooks reached 25 in 17 games in '25.
The 24-year-old Hoskins' torrid start also included a streak of five straight games with a homer from Aug. 23-27, matching a Phillies record set by Chase Utley in 2008.
Not only were Hoskins' 11 dingers the most among all MLB rookies in August, they were also the most homers by a rookie in a calendar month in Phillies history.
A native of Sacramento, Calif., Hoskins impressed with his glove, too. On the same day he launched home run No. 11, the left fielder started a 7-4-3 triple play on a sliding shoestring catch against the Cubs.
The last time a Phillies outfielder started a triple play? Nineteen-sixty-four, when Alex Johnson did so against the Reds.
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami who covered the Phillies on Sunday.