SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Current Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and former Sacramento State slugger Rhys Hoskins will compete in Major League Baseball's 2018 Home Run Derby on Monday, July 16. The derby, which will take place at Nationals Park, will air live on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT.
Hoskins is one of seven participants who are appearing in their first Home Run Derby. Bryce Harper, the eighth participant, competed in the 2013 derby.
"I think it's a cool honor, just the fact that I would even be considered," Hoskins told MLB.com. "I get to be around a pretty cool group of guys. I grew up watching the Home Run Derby as a kid, so I think that full circle kind of moment is pretty cool."
Hoskins enters the derby as the No. 8 seed and will go up against National League home run leader Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hoskins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Sacramento State. He made his Major League debut less than three years later on August 10 of last season.
Since making his debut, Hoskins has slugged 32 home runs in 132 big league games. He set multiple records for rookie home runs during the second half of last season, becoming the fastest player ever to hit 11 home runs, doing so in 18 games (64 at bats). He hit 18 home runs in his first 35 career games, more than any other player in MLB history through that many games.
In total, Hoskins hit .259 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs in his rookie season and finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting, despite playing just 50 games.
This season, Hoskins has helped lead his Phillies to a tie for first place in the National League East while leading the team with 56 RBIs. His 14 home runs are tied for second on the club.
The 2018 MLB Home Run Derby will air on Monday, July 16 on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT. For more information on the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, visit MLB.com.