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Rhys Hoskins is not a Rookie of the Year finalist

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The Phillies’ first-year star was not among the three finalists for the top rookie award.

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No ROY, but maybe an MVP one day?

If Rhys Hoskins wants to win some individual hardware someday, it’s going to have to be something other than Rookie of the Year, as MLB announced the three finalists that award on Monday.

Rhys was not among them.

Even if he had been a finalist, Hoskins would not have won the award. The DodgersCody Bellinger is a likely unanimous selection after hitting .267/.352/.581 with 39 home runs, most ever by an NL rookie, 97 RBIs, 87 runs scored and an fWAR of 4.0 that was tops among all National League first-year players.

It’s hard to argue against St. Louis’ Paul DeJong inclusion as a finalist, either. The Cardinals’ outstanding young shortstop hit .285/.325/.532 in 108 games, with 25 dingers and an fWAR of 3.0. Both Bellinger and DeJong had better cases than Hoskins.

After all, Rhys only made his MLB debut on August 10 and amassed just 212 plate appearances over the last two months. But for much of that stretch, Hoskins was a freaking alien who went on a historic run of slugging prowess that no other player has ever displayed.

Overall, Hoskins ended the season hitting .259/.396/.618 with those 18 bombs, an insane-for-a-rookie walk-rate of 17.5%, and a strikeout rate of 21.7%. He was 4th in rookie fWAR (2.2) behind Bellinger, DeJong and L.A.’s Austin Barnes (2.5), he had the best ISO (.359), slugging percentage (.618), wRC+ (158) and wOBA (.417). He was second in on-base percentage (.396), and those 18 homers were 6th-most, despite having played in only 50 games.

However, Hoskins being left off as one of the three finalists shouldn’t cause anyone to break out the pitchforks, tar and feathers. After all, 50 games is a drop in the bucket over a long season (although it is time in the Majors to mean he no longer qualifies as a “rookie” next seeason) and it’s fair that the players who were up in the big leagues longer got more recognition.

If Barnes (.289/.408/.486 in 218 ABs) had been the third finalist, that would have made sense. But Josh Bell?

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman accumulated 620 PAs and put up a slash line of .255/.334/.466, with 26 bombs and a wRC+ of 108. That’s a nice rookie season for the Buccos, but there is no way he should be considered among the top-three rookies of 2017.

In fact, you could argue there were a couple rookie pitchers, like Colorado’s German Marquez (2.4 fWAR) or Kyle Freeland (2.0 fWAR), who managed to survive the shooting gallery that is Coors Field and that they should have been included ahead of Bell. Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams made 25 starts and went 7-9 with a 4.07 ERA and a 2.2 fWAR, and could have garnered consideration too.

Of course, Hoskins may have had a legitimate shot at being one of the finalists had he not slumped badly in the seasons’ final two weeks. The first baseman hit his final homer of the season on September 14 against Miami. From that point on, Hoskins ran out of gas, going homerless in following that game, with a .135/.292/.192 slash line over his final 65 plate appearances (although he still posted a 16.9% BB-rate).

But choosing Bell over Hoskins doesn’t make sense. Yes, Bell played a full season, but Hoskins was a more valuable player than Bell in 408 fewer plate appearances.

Nevertheless, Bell is one of the finalists. Hoskins is not. And although there is no way anyone other than Bellinger is going to win the Rookie of the Year award, Hoskins getting himself into the top-three would have been an amazing accomplishment.