Hoskins passes teammate to take Minors' home run lead

Phillies No. 19 prospect notches his second multi-homer game of the year

Hoskins passes teammate to take Minors' home run lead

Rhys Hoskins' power surge continues. The Phillies' No. 19 prospect hit his 23rd and 24th homers for Double-A Reading on Tuesday and leads the Minor Leagues with 24 homers after overtaking a teammate.

The multi-homer game was Hoskins' second of the year and third of his pro career.

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Hoskins' night began with a single in the fourth before he crushed a three-run homer in the fifth. He followed that with another three-run blast in the seventh. He finished 3-for-5 with six RBIs.

"Tonight was pretty special too because both [homers] were big points in the game," Hoskins told MiLB.com. "They helped put us on top both times. That's good for the team, and it was a big win for us."

This power output is a bit surprising for Hoskins, who has four homers over his last seven games. The 23-year-old first baseman hit a combined 26 homers in his first two professional seasons and his previous career high was 17, which he hit in 2015.

Hoskins isn't the only Phillies' prospect hitting home runs in bunches. The club's No. 22 prospect Dylan Cozens, also on the Reading squad, is second in the Minors with 23.

"I'm going to go ahead and say he'll hit one tomorrow, considering how it's been going between the two of us. Honestly, I hope he hits two or three tomorrow ... means win by a good margin," Hoskins said. "I think we've made each other better, to be honest."

Hoskins and Cozens are pacing the Eastern League in several offensive categories. They are among the top three in runs scored, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage and OPS.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.