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There’s a new hard-hitting powerful rookie in MLB this season but you’ll have to wait for his first Rookie Cards and battle if you have your sights on his few certified autographs.
His name is Rhys Hoskins and he’s a member of the Philadelphia Phillies — and he’s got a record 11 home runs in his first 18 games. That’s an MLB record for a hot start as well as a team rookie record for the month — with a few games to go. He’s also homered in his last five games, adding to the attention that comes with such a torrid pace.
Now, about that cardboard?
You’ll have to wait until 2018 for his official Rookie Cards, but, don’t worry, he’s got plenty you can collect for now.
His name is Rafael Devers and he’s also got six home runs in his first 62 at-bats for the Boston Red Sox and, most importantly, three of those have come in his last two games against the New York Yankees.
The 20-year-old third baseman is hitting .339 with 12 RBI, 11 runs and a stolen base in his first 16 games — and he’s got to be among the league leaders in pre-RC cardboard, too.
Colorado Rockies rookie pitcher Kyle Freeland ended the first half of the season with a no-hitter lost in the ninth inning — but a one-hitter was good enough.
The lefty, who was the eighth-overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, racked up a career-high nine strikeouts in what was just his 18th big-league start. For the season, he sits at 9-7 with a 3.77 ERA after his gem at Coors Field.
The good news for collectors? Unlike those red-hot rookie sluggers, you can actually find Freeland’s autographs somewhat easily and affordably — perhaps because, you know, he pitches at Coors Field.
He’s not exactly a come-from-nowhere player, but the power is coming through for one Boston Red Sox minor-leaguer.
Michael Chavis hit his 14th home run of the season Sunday for High-A Salem — and actually his 13th, too, since it was his third multi-homer game of the year. That’s just two-shy of his career-high from two years ago in 109 games.
He’s hitting .343 through 47 games (so that home run pace looks even stronger) and the good news here is that he’s just 21 years old since he was just 18 back in 2014 when Boston took him with the 26th overall pick.