Meet the slugger who’s going to be better than Mike Trout

The hottest hitter on the face of the earth is not Mike Trout, nor is it Giancarlo Stanton – a man who has hit 29 home runs in the past two months.

Currently, the hottest hitter in Major League Baseball is the Philadelphia Phillies most recent call-up Rhys Hoskins, or as we like to call him Rhys Hobbs. After the fictional baseball player in the movie The Natural, Roy Hobbs who like Hoskins seemingly comes out of nowhere and tears the cover off the ball….literally.

In the movie, Hobbs served a greater purpose for the New York Knights, and that was to revive a lifeless team. A team that had talent but lacked a sense of direction and leadership. They needed a spark and Hobbs gave it to them.

Hoskins, in two weeks, has become that spark the Phillies needed in a season where they took steps backward instead of forward in their hefty rebuild. Hoskins set the record for the shortest amount of time it has taken a player to reach 11 home runs since being called up to The Show. All it took was 64 at-bats in 18 games.

Now you wouldn’t have thought Hoskins was going to do this after he was hitless in his first five major league at-bats. But if you know Phillies baseball, you knew that he would break out at some point. A prospect doesn’t hit a combined 67 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A the last two seasons and not produce.

Those homers haven’t been cheap either. Hoskins, with a simple leg raise, is able to unload powerful and tactful swings on to incoming fastballs. He commands the strike zone like a 10-year veteran and capitalizes on pitchers mistakes as most of his home runs have been near the middle and inside parts of the strike zone.

“You get into those zones,” Hoskins said. “You can’t really explain it. There’s a lot of … no thinking involved. The game is a lot tougher when you miss pitches. I’m not missing for the most part.

I’m confident in the ability I have. I’m trying to lose myself in the routine and the preparation and let the ability shine through when it’s game time.”

The 24-year-old had Cubs manager and World Series-winner Joe Maddon absolutely dumbfounded when he his 11th homer against the Cubs on Sunday.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young guy look that profound at home plate,” Maddon said. “That’s the part that tells me he can sustain, not necessarily this pace, but he can sustain because he doesn’t strike out,” Maddon said.

“He will accept his walks. He doesn’t expand the strike zone. He uses the whole field. He’s a big guy with short movements to the ball. Pretty impressive.”

Hoskins is reviving the culture of Phillies baseball with every home run he deposits into the stands. Stars like Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Cole Hamels (all from the Phillies run between 2007-11) appear to be myths of the past. So much time has elapsed between the Phillies championship and their eventual downward spiral to becoming the worst team in baseball. It made the fans sour, but Hoskins is making baseball fun to watch at Citizens Bank Park.

Not only is Hoskins attracting fans but he’s getting other Philadelphia athletes backing the Phillies. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has reached out to Hoskins via Twitter to congratulate the budding star on his success across the street in South Philadelphia.

At some point, Hoskins will eventually come back down to earth from the zone he is currently occupying. Even when he does, he will still be Philadelphia’s Roy Hobbs, a player coming out of seemingly nowhere to save Phillies baseball.

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