Tommy Joseph is making the Phillies' situation at first base quite tricky. Joseph on Thursday continued building on his red-hot month of May by going 2 for 5 with a game-tying homer in the seventh and a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning of the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Rockies (see Instant Replay). He's hit .329 in May with six doubles, six homers, 15 RBIs and a .657 slugging percentage. The only first basemen in the majors with a higher slugging percentage this month are Yonder Alonso, Justin Bour and Paul Goldschmidt. That'll hold off the eye-popping production of Rhys Hoskins for now (see Future Phillies Report). Extending it further, Joseph has played 148 career games with 499 plate
The Phillie Phanatic is a great entertainer. The Phanatic has chased a Pikachu around the field, showered Mets fans with popcorn and gone up against Jose Bautista in a strength challenge. However, not everyone likes the Phanatic (or just mascots in general). One of those people is the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, who said “the War of Mascots is upon us.” Another person is this baby. Nope, put that baby down. I’m sure there are many others who are also scared of the giant furry creatures. I mean, there are lots of terrifying mascots out there. Just ask Tracy McGrady.
As we’re now a quarter of the way through with the MLB season, it’s a good time to check into Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading to see how the Philadelphia Phillies prospects are performing with their seasons. While the Phillies have been playing atrocious baseball and have lost their last eight series in a row, it wouldn’t be surprising if they decided to shake up the roster and perhaps add a player from the minors. Here, we’ll look at how some of the top performing and top ranked prospects are faring in 2017. Rhys Hoskins, 1B (AAA) While Rhys Hoskins was only a fifth round pick and not a heralded prospect, he’s tearing up the Triple-A pitching so far this season with his power. After