Hey, what’s this, content that is in no way related in any shape or form to the trade deadline? Talk about SEO seppuku! Y’all just don’t understand, as one of the many dozens of Padres fans, I’m just padresing so hard right now, any discussion about the trade deadline might get me faint again. And you won’t like me when I’m faint. Mainly because I’m unconscious, but hey, no judgments. So we got a dude here in Rhys Hoskins that made me waste a pun that could have been used during Halloween for 100% cross-synergy points, but a dude who is hitting quite well and is flying under the radar, well, at least under enough to perhaps have some allure for the teams out there making a push into their playoff phase. An interesting piece to the puzzle that is your fantasy baseball team, and quite possibly the most calming content I can write as my Padres go full NBA super-team on the MLB.
Ranked roughly in the top-50 for most Draft lists this season, it might be a stretch to say that Hoskins does what he does under the radar. First, I’m not sure he flies on planes that need to avoid radar, but more importantly, what you kinda see is what you’re going to get. In that, he’s basically been the same type of hitter, producing the same types of things for a good number of seasons. And maybe that’s the hidden charm, average, but stable production, and good return value on investment (your mileage may have varied).
Already at the 20 homerun mark, this will have been his fourth season in six to have done that, and one of those years was in the Covid-shortened season and the other was his rookie year where he hit 18 in just 170 at-bats. So Hoskins gives you power at the corner and does so with pedestrian support skills, but enough so that he generally stays near the .250 mark, adding respectable OPB numbers to boot. Why not bring footwear into this discussion? And while his numbers may not be elite, it should be noted that Hoskins has 20 doubles already and his .251 batting average is the highest so far in his career. And in the past week, he’s been tearing the cover off the ball, hitting .379 with a homerun and four RBIs. His last 15 games? .276 average with three homeruns and six RBIs and just went 4-for-4 with a walk, homerun against the Pirates.
Through the strategic lens, keep in mind that Hoskins has also hit very well against the Phillies’ division rivals, hitting near .260 with 11 homeruns and 22 doubles in just 250 at-bats against the Marlins, Nationals and Braves. His Statcast data? Same as it ever was, at least where it counts the most, Batted Ball looks okay (my main concern is the increase in groundballs) but his Plate Discipline info is looking great, with improvements in laying off outside pitches with slightly more contact in the strikezone.
All this is to say what we mentioned at the beginning… No, not about the Padres going Scarlet Witch on the deadline (spoiler alert?), rather, Rhys Hoskins is a good baseball player, a valuable fantasy baseball player, a great candy pun, and also someone that might just offer that extra push towards the close of the season. He gives you power, doesn’t really hurt you anywhere else, and might just be having a career season in some respects. Now excuse me while I fulfill my destiny… and eat some Reese’s Pieces. Breakfast of champions…
Jay is a longtime Razzball everything who consumes an egregious amount of Makers Mark as a vehicle to gain wisdom and augment his natural glow. Living in the D.C. area, he also likes spending time visiting the local parks and feeding lettuce to any turtles he encounters, including Mitch McConnell. You can follow him on Twitter @jaywrong.