With Rhys Hoskins out for season, here’s some Phillies 1B options
The Philadelphia Phillies will have to make their journey through the 2023 season without first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
Hoskins tore his ACL in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday and will miss the season before it ever started.
So now what?
Well here are a few options the Phillies can explore to replace Hoskins and his 30 home runs and 79 RBI.
Well the first option is an obvious one, Darick Hall.
Phillies President Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Friday that the like Hall a lot, but would not commit to him being the everyday first baseman. The thought here is that Hall will play a lot of first base against right-handed pitching.
He showed a ton of power last season, filling in as a DH while Bryce Harper was out, smashing nine home runs in just 42 games. However, strikeouts were a problem, a racked up 44 K's in 144 at-bats.
So what about when the Phillies face a left-hander? The thought here is that we might see more of J.T Realmuto, who has 51 major league games played at first base, more than any other player on the roster.
This would give Realmuto time off from behind the plate and keep his bat in the line-up, meaning you could see more of Garrett Stubbs behind the plate. Stubbs had a solid season, hitting .264 with five home runs in 50 games in 2022.
Another option? Alec Bohm.
I think this one if a long shot, but now that the team knows Hoskins is out for the season, they could make a full commitment to Bohm at first and use guys like Edmundo Sosa or Scott Kingery at third.
i don't really see this one happening, since Bohm has really worked hard to turn himself into a quality third baseman. However, given Hoskins injury and contract situation, the team could just make the move to use Bohm to first base and keep him there for the long run.
I don't see them using guys like Kyle Schwarber (who had appeared in 11 games at first base) or Nick Castellanos (who has never played first, but has played third), but they could turn to Bryce Harper when he is ready to return.
Harper has played two MLB games at first base, but he could be a stop-gap option for the 2023 season - but this one is doubtful.
One free agent option could be Miguel Sano, who hit just 083 with one home run and a 25 strikeouts in 20 games after dealing with a knee and rib injury.
The 29-year old could be an option as a right-handed bat in a platoon with Hall, after hitting 30 home runs for the Twins back in 2021. He has 162 career home runs and could provide the team another DH option with Hall playing more first base and Harper out of the lineup.
So which option do you like the most?