The Phillies announced their monthly honors Friday, giving three minor league players recognition for their performances in April.
The Hitter of the Month award went to Rhys Hoskins, while Ranger Suarez was given the honor as the organization’s Pitcher of the Month. Reading’s Scott Kingery picked up the honor as the Defensive Player of the Month.
Hoskins, 24, put himself in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs record books by reaching base in 23 straight games, snapping the old record of 22 set in 2009 by Mike Cervenak. Hoskins didn’t reach base opening day, but then went 23 straight games reaching base either with a hit or a walk. The streak ended May 3rd, which also broke a 12-game hitting streak for Hoskins, who hit .395 (17-for-43) during the stretch. After just one game without reaching base, Hoskins started another streak on Thursday when he walked and doubled against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to put his average at .337 through 26 games with the IronPigs. During the stretch, Hoskins also had nine multi-hit games, and hit seven home runs, which leads the International League.
Ranger Suarez made five starts for Lakewood, posting a 2-0 record and a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings of work.The 21-year old has been especially impressive in his last three starts, going seven innings in the first two starts and 6 2/3 in his last start on Thursday. Suarez recorded 26 of his 37 strikeouts in those three starts. On the season, opponents are batting just .212 against Suarez and he’s getting 2.14 groundball outs for every fly ball out that he records in the early going. Suarez wrapped up the month of April with a seven inning, two-hit gem against Delmarva, during which he struck out nine batters. The game came in the nightcap of a double-header, giving Suarez credit for a complete game.
Last season, the left-hander made 13 starts for the Williamsport Crosscutters and posted a 6-4 record with a 2.81 ERA.
Like most players, Scott Kingery doesn’t always get as much recognition for his defensive play as he should. Kingery is off to a hot start offensively, and is one of four players – including Reading teammate Andrew Pullin – who lead the Eastern League with six home runs. The 23-year old second base prospect has yet to commit an error this season, and has turned in several stellar plays for the Fightins. Over three minor league seasons, Kingery has a fielding percentage of .983 at second base for the Phillies.
Between last season and this season, Kingery has played 57 games at second base for Reading, with a combined .995 fielding percentage, making just one error in 219 chances at second base.