Hoskins' Replacement At First Base Batted .319 With 1.026 OPS This Spring

Darick Hall is having himself a monster spring. And the timing coulnd't be better—for him or the Philadelphia Phillies. 

With the devastating news that Rhys Hoskins will have season-ending knee surgery, the Phillies have indicated that the 27-year-old Hall will get the bulk of the time at first base. 

"I do feel comfortable to say that we like Darick Hall a lot," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. "We feel that he'll get the majority of the playing time at first base. ... We think he's ready to step up and be a big league player." 

Is Hall ready for the challenge? If his play thus far in his young career is any indication, the answer is a resounding 'yes'.

Hall's first big league hit last season was a home run, and he blasted nine of them in just 41 games for an .804 OPS. 

This spring, the 6-foot-4 slugger has shown off his big-time power once again, blasting five moonshots with 11 RBIs in 16 games. He's batting .319 with a 1.065 OPS. 

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