Front leg coil starts load, long stride shifting weight forward; quiet hands, minimal hand load, some length to the bat path, above-average bat speed; backside collapse adds loft to level swing path; swing-and-miss tendencies, velocity will beat him in-zone, expands away; patient approach, will take walks; hunts fastballs, limited production against off-speed, works middle and pull-side, heavy fly ball tendency
Above-average raw, predominantly pull power, strength to carry to middle of the field; pull-heavy, fly ball approach maximizes utility, anticipate dip in production with more exposure to offspeed offerings, larger parks
4.53 home-to-first, plodding stride; competent baserunner, will take extra bases given opportunity, will attempt to sneak occasional stolen base
First base-limited, inconsistent glove, below-average range
Below-average arm strength, tendency to place throws high
A fifth-round pick in 2014, Hoskins is a bat-first prospect experiencing a breakout season at Double-A. The hit tool shows average potential; he demonstrates feel to hit and patience to work counts, though swing-and-miss tendencies, a pull-heavy approach, and a fly ball-heavy profile are limiting factors. The swing generates loft, with power that plays to the pull side and up the middle. Ballpark and lineup factors have contributed significantly to his present production, and the game power is more of an average tool. Hoskins profiles as a first baseman all the way, with a fringe arm and suspect glove. The foot speed is lacking, though he is a competent baserunner. His ability to adapt to off-speed exposure could push hit tool another half grade, making projection of a second-division first baseman more probable. More likely, this is a platoon player and power bat off the bench.