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The Phillies saluted three minor league players - Rhys Hoskins, Jake Thompson and J.P. Crawford - with monthly awards

Lehigh Valley and Reading players combined to grab all three of the Phillies Minor League Players of the Month awards for June. Rhys Hoskins (Reading) and Jake Thompson and J.P. Crawford (Lehigh Valley) were all saluted for their play in the month of June.

Hitter of the Month

Rhys Hoskins has been consistent all season, but was highlighted for his performance in the month of June. The 23-year old was good in April and May, but June was when the first base prospect really turned it on this season.

In the month of June, Hoskins hit .351 and launched 13 of his 24 home runs in the month. On the season, Hoskins has his average up to .287, with an on-base percentage of .347 and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .921. Hoskins' 24 home runs are the most in the minors, and his 75 RBI are second in all of minor league baseball to Toledo's Dean Green, who has 81 runs driven in on the season.

Hoskins and his teammate, Dylan Cozens have had a back-and-forth battle for the lead in home runs, with Hoskins reclaiming the lead with two home runs in Tuesday night's win over Richmond. Cozens was recently awarded the Eastern League Player of the Week award for his performance for the week ending July 3rd.

Pitcher of the Month

Lehigh Valley saw Jake Thompson get off to a slow start this season at the Triple-A level, but he's been impressive after struggling through the month of April with a 6.16 ERA. In June, Thompson went 3-0 in five starts with an ERA of just 0.76 for Lehigh Valley. Over 35 1/3 innings, Thompson allowed just 26 hits, walked eight hitters and struck out 18. Thompson posted a WHIP of 0.96 and opponents hit just .211 against the 22-year old right-hander.

On the season, Thompson is 6-5 with a 2.76 ERA and he's allowed opponents to hit just .239 against him.

The Phillies acquired Thompson as part of the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers last July 31st.

Defensive Player of the Month

Perhaps the best play you could ever see a shortstop turn in was made by J.P. Crawford against Charlotte last Friday night. Crawford went far to his right to field a groundball, turned and in mid-leap, delivered a strike to first base to gun down the runner. The play left fans and players in awe, with first baseman Brock Stassi openly applauding the play on the field.

Crawford has made four errors in 42 games with Lehigh Valley, but has also made one phenomenal play after another. Crawford has a reputation as one of the better defensive prospects in the game and has shown great range to both sides and a strong, accurate arm. 

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