2017 was filled with rookie sluggers. Aaron Judge won the American League Rookie of the Year and finished runner up in MVP behind a rookie-record 52 home runs. Cody Bellinger finished with 39 home runs, second only to Giancarlo Stanton in the NL. But as 2017 wrapped up, the rookie star was Phillies‘ Rhys Hoskins.
Hoskins stole the show in his 50-game major-league stint to end the season. He broke several rookie records of his own, mashing 18 home runs in just 170 at bats. His power surge came as no surprise to fans as Hoskins had mashed 67 home runs in his previous two minor league seasons.