But he wasn’t able to sustain that success and was released by the Yankees in 1994.
Needless to say, the Phillies believe Hoskins has more staying power.
Overall, Hoskins has 24 homers and an .894 OPS (.379 on-base percentage, .514 slugging), not too far off from what Ryan Howard achieved at the 428-plate-appearance mark of his career (25 homers, .360 on-base, .554 slugging).
But Hoskins’ numbers are even more similar to another notoriously fast starter.
Mitch Walding very nearly missed the most important phone call of his career. Tomorrow: Nick Pivetta starts series opener in San Francisco, p.m.
Walding was brought up from triple-A Lehigh Valley to take the place of infielder Pedro Florimon, who will have surgery on his broken right foot. Saturday: Vince Velasquez looks to improve upon 2.30 ERA in May, p.m.
Eflin allowed five runs and lasted just four innings Wednesday night in an 8-2 loss at Dodger Stadium.
Memorial Day has come and gone, and the Phillies are hanging around near the top of the NL East.
Once the amateur draft is over next week, it’ll be time to think about making a trade to help them stay there.
And there’s no doubt Machado would boost the Phillies’ chances of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Third basemen Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays) and Mike Moustakas (Royals) could be on the move.
And if the Orioles really do blow it up, they could trade face-of-the-franchise center fielder Adam Jones, who will be eligible for free agency at season’s end.