With Rhys Hoskins Done for the Season, Here are Six Options to Replace Him
With Rhys Hoskins out for the remainder of the 2021 season the obvious question is, now what?
Gone from the middle of the Phillies lineup is Hoskins' 27 home runs and 71 RBI in 107 games.
Replacement options? Not great.
1. The team could turn to Alec Bohm, who they just sent down to Lehigh Valley after struggling defensively all season long and hit just .245/.302/.342 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 373 at-bats.
2. The team could platoon Bohm, a right-handed hitter with Brad Miller, who hits from the left side. Miller provides some power with 12 home runs and 34 RBI, but his .218 battling average can't play everyday and he is not a natural first baseman.
3. Another possibility would be to play Freddy Galvis at first base. Galvis is a slick fielding shortstop by trade, but has played all over the diamond, but never at first base.
4. Luke Williams is another player who could play some first base, playing twice there this season.
5. The team could use J.T Realmuto, who has played 27 games at first and call-up catcher Rafael Marchan. Marchan is switch hitter, he could split time with Andrew Knapp behind the plate over the final month of the season. Marchan did a fine job while Realmuto missed time earlier in the season, hitting .304 in 11 games.
6. One other option would be to take a look at the veteran free agent market, finding a player like Todd Frazier, who had a solid stint with Team USA at the Olympics. The two-time All-Star hit .086 before being released by the pirates this season.
But as 97.3 ESPN Phillies insider Frank Klose points out, there isn't many options out there for the Phillies.