NEW YORK - Former Sacramento State baseball star and current Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins was named to the 2018 Major League Baseball's Japan Tour All-Star Team, the league announced Monday. Hoskins is one of eight players named to the team so far. The rest of the roster is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Among the eight players announced is Hoskins' teammate, Carlos Santana. The roster as it has been announced so far is available online at MLB.com.
From MLB: This year's All-Star Tour will mark the 37th time Major Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition games, a tradition that dates back to 1908. The seven-game tour opens Nov. 8 with an exhibition against the Yomiuri Giants at the Toyko Dome, followed by three more games in Tokyo from Nov. 9-11, one game at the Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium in Hiroshima on Nov. 13 and two games at the Nagoya Dome in Nagoyoa on Nov. 14-15. Beginning on Nov. 9, the games will be broadcast live on MLB Network.
Hoskins is in the midst of his first full Major League season after making his debut in August of 2017. He is hitting .251 with 30 home runs and 88 RBIs this year as the Phillies make a late-season push for the National League Wild Card.
On September 9, just one day before the Japan Tour roster announcement, Hoskins became the youngest Phillie to hit 30 home runs in a season since Scott Rolen in 1998. He is also the first Phillie to hit 30 homers since Ryan Howard hit 33 in 2011.
The accomplishment is just the latest of many in Hoskins' young career. The 25-year-old slugger became the first player to hit 20 home runs in a Home Run Derby semifinal back in July. Last year, during his rookie season, he was the fastest player to hit nine, then 10, then 11 home runs in MLB history.