SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former Sacramento State first baseman Rhys Hoskins received another postseason honor as he has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings 2014 West Region Second Team.
Hoskins is just the second player in program history to earn all-West Region honors after Andrew Ayers was a second team selection in 2012. A junior first baseman from Sacramento, Hoskins was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round of the MLB Draft two weeks ago and began his professional career last Friday playing for the Class A Short Season Williamsport Crosscutters.
The 303 NCAA Division I baseball programs are divided into eight regions and the West Region encompasses 39 Division I schools. The 39 head coaches of those schools nominate their players for recognition then vote to select a first and second all-West Region Team.
Hoskins was named a 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America Third Team selection as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on May 29, becoming the first All-American for the program since Tim Wheeler in 2009. He was the third player in program history to be named the WAC Player of the Year, as during the 2014 regular season Hoskins led the WAC with nine home runs and a .563 slugging percentage while ranking second in runs batted in (45) and doubles (16).
He hit .360 with six homers and 32 RBIs in WAC games, driving in more than one run per game in conference play. He had 17 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games overall and at the WAC Tournament he hit .350 with three home runs and eight RBIs with a 2-homer game in the final.