Among the handful of players Joe Girardi will put a lot of trust in during his first season as Phillies manager is first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who slumped a bit to close out the 2019 campaign. Hoskins has been working overtime during the offseason, giving us a glimpse of his new swing on Wednesday.
Hoskins regressed in 2019, as his average (.246 to .226), home runs (34 to 29) and RBI (96 to 85) all decreased as compared to 2018. While he led the NL in walks with 116, the tail end of the 2019 season was incredibly frustrating.
Hoskins used to hold his bat perpendicular to his shoulder, which led to a long, looping swing. This new approach seems like a more efficient approach.
Hoskins' slump near the end of the year was hard to watch given what a phenomenal power threat he can be when he's clicking. If Girardi gets the new and improved version of Hoskins to stick in the middle of the order week in and week out, it could prove to be the difference maker for Philly.