In Phillies’ Gloomy Season, Rookie Rhys Hoskins Is a Beacon
In 2012, during their first draft under General Manager Jeff Luhnow, they spread out their allotted bonus-pool money, spending less than the slotted value for the top overall pick — shortstop Carlos Correa —
and using the savings to snag two elite prospects, pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and infielder Rio Ruiz, for above-slot bonuses lower in the draft.
“We did utilize our draft pool and our draft picks in a way
that would create the most amount of value,” Luhnow said Friday, adding later: “It definitely enabled us to get some premium talent that we wouldn’t have otherwise.
“The game is a lot tougher when you miss pitches.”
When the Houston Astros traded for Justin Verlander late Thursday, they included
outfielder Daz Cameron in the package of prospects sent to the Detroit Tigers.
Plenty of quality big leaguers, All-Stars and even Hall of Famers were not slam-dunk prospects who debuted at 20 or 21.”
In another bleak season for the Phillies, who have the major leagues’ worst record, Hoskins has offered hope.
“He’s a corner player who’s been age appropriate, but not super young, for his levels,
and those types of players don’t often receive a ton of prospect accolades,” said Matt Klentak, the Phillies’ general manager.
I’ve been able to hit the ball out front a lot more, which I think has led to — I don’t want to say more fly balls,
but there’s not a lot of hits on the ground here, especially for a guy like me.