Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9.
The Fightin’ Phils (30-15) loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of walks and a single to set the stage for Hoskins, who blasted right-hander Paul Voelker’s 1-0 offering over the wall in left-center field to win the game. The home run was the Phillies’ No. 19 prospect’s eighth in 42 games this season. He’s hitting .263 with 30 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season.
Dylan Cozens, No. 22 on the Phillies’ Top 30, also had a big game for Reading as he hit his 12th home run and plated three runs as part of a 2-for-4 performance that also saw him tally his 14th double and score three times. The 21-year-old outfielder has improved his prospect stock this year against advanced competition in the Eastern League, hitting .281/.354/.581 with 36 RBIs in 44 games.
Meanwhile, No. 96 overall prospect Roman Quinn (Phillies’ No. 7) reached base in each of his five plate appearances for Reading, going 4-for-4 with a walk and scoring four runs. The speedy center fielder also swiped a pair of bases to move into second on the Eastern League leaderboard with 21.
“Roman, to me, had a great night,” Fightin Phils hitting coach Frank Cacciatore told MiLB.com. “He did what he does, and that’s just take the game by control and make things happen for us. He put it all together.”
JaCoby Jones, the Tigers’ No. 8 prospect, homered for a second straight game for Erie (18-26) and later added a triple en route to finishing 2-for-4. The 24-year-old third baseman/outfielder opened the season on the restricted list while serving the remainder of his 50-game suspension after he tested positive for a drug of abuse last fall. Since being activated on May 17, he’s collected two hits in five of his seven games for the Tigers. Overall, he’s hitting .367 (11-for-30) with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday
• No. 18 overall prospect Alex Bregman (Astros’ No. 1) continued to roll in Double-A Corpus Christi’s win against Arkansas, going 1-for-3 with his Texas League-leading 12th home run of the season. He’s gone deep in back-to-back games for the Hooks and has five homers in his last 10 games. The 2015 No. 2 overall Draft pick is having a remarkable first full season, hitting a robust .320/.424/.680 with 32 RBIs, 31 runs scored and more walks (18) …
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