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Phillies call up power-hitting prospect Rhys Hoskins

Phillies call up power-hitting prospect Rhys Hoskins

The moment most Phillies fans have been waiting for has arrived: Rhys Hoskins was called up from Triple A on Thursday and will be with the Phils for tonight's home game against the New York Mets.

Hoskins has been playing left field this week at Triple A with the IronPigs. It's a position he has not played since college, but with Aaron Altherr currently injured, the Phillies see this as Hoskins' best path to immediate major-league playing time.

To make room on the roster for Hoskins, the Phillies optioned outfielder Cameron Perkins to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Hoskins is a first baseman, but the Phillies want to give Tommy Joseph some more playing time these final seven weeks to gauge what kind of formula works best and allow Joseph to build some trade value heading into the winter.

Hoskins' bat has been major-league ready for some time. He's hit .284/.385/.581 this season with 29 home runs and 91 RBIs. This comes after a 38-homer, 116-RBI season at Double A last year. 

As he's progressed through the minors, Hoskins has developed into a hitter that not only has power but also can control an at-bat. This season, he was 64 walks and 75 strikeouts. 

Plate selection in the middle of the order is something the Phillies have sorely missed since ... you have to go back to Jayson Werth in 2010. That was the last season the Phillies had a player with at least 25 home runs and an on-base percentage of .350 or higher. Hoskins has a chance to do that next season, and the Phillies rightfully want to see how he handles big-league pitching over these final 51 games.

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki first reported the move.

Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

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Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

The Phillies on Tuesday added three minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from being selected by another club in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The team added right-handed pitchers Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina as well as middle infielder Arquimides Gamboa.

Garcia, a 22-year-old reliever, split the 2018 season between Double A and Triple A and recorded a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 52 games. He struck out 72 batters and walked 27 in 64⅓ innings and held opposing hitters to a .206 batting average. He could push for work in the Phillies' bullpen sometime in 2019.

Medina, 21, is one of the organization’s top starting pitching prospects. He went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) for Single A Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 123 and walked 36 in 111⅓ innings. He projects to pitch at Double A in 2019.

Gamboa, 21, is a talented defensive shortstop who could eventually be pushed to second base as top prospect Luis Garcia rises. A switch-hitter, Gamboa batted just .214 with a .304 on-base percentage in 114 games at Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 111 times.

Among those left unprotected were outfielder Jose Pujols and catcher Deivi Grullon.

Pujols, who turned 23 in September, was the Florida State League player of the year in 2018. He hit .301 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and a .887 OPS in 95 games at Clearwater. He struck out 127 times in 352 at-bats.

Grullon, a rugged 22-year-old, hit .273 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and a .825 OPS in 90 games at Double A Reading.

The additions left the Phillies’ 40-man roster at 38. Justin Bour remains on the roster even though multiple sources say he has cleared waivers. The next important roster date arrives on Nov. 30, which is the deadline for offering a contract to a salary arbitration-eligible player.

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

Phillies fans should prepare for another nostalgic year at the ballpark. 

Prior to games in May, June and July, the Phillies will hold retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Rollins' ceremony will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 7:05.

Then comes Utley's night, Friday, June 21 against the Marlins at 7:05.

Howard will be honored Sunday, July 14, when the Phils face the Nationals at 1:05.

Rollins never officially retired but hasn't played since June 2016 with the White Sox. 

Howard retired the first week of September, and Utley hung up his cleats once the playoffs ended. 

In many ways, 2018 was the final chapter in the book of the 2008 Phillies. Jayson Werth also retired in late June after his situation with the Mariners didn't work out. Carlos Ruiz hasn't officially retired but did not find a team in 2018.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson, though, are still going strong as the final two active members of that championship team.

Fans interested in making it to all three ceremonies can do so with the six-game Phillies Legends Ticket pack, which includes the three retirement nights along with any other three games.

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