Some players take a while to adjust to a new level. Then, there’s Rhys Hoskins.
The Phillies first base prospect has taken an instant liking to playing at Triple-A, starting his stint there by reaching base in 23 straight games, to set a new franchise record for consecutive games reaching base. A walk to leadoff the second inning in Monday’s game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pushed his streak to 23 games, breaking the record of 22 set by Mike Cervenak set back in 2009.
Hoskins also singled and hit a three-run home run in the 11-7 win over the RailRiders. The home run was the seventh of the season for Hoskins, giving him the International League lead in the category. The game also marked the 12th straight that Hoskins had a base-hit in, and was the ninth game this season that Hoskins collected more than one hit.
Cervenak took an 0-for-4 on Opening Day for Lehigh Valley, but reached base in every game since then with either a hit or a walk. While both the on-base and hit streak came to an end Tuesday night against Scranton, Hoskins quickly started new streaks Wednesday when he went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.
In 26 games this season, Hoskins is hitting 7-16-.337/.431/.651 for Lehigh Valley. The power-hitting first baseman has also drawn 14 walks, while striking out 16 times in the early going.