Canelo & Hoskins to Clearwater – Kingery & Martin to Lakewood

This transaction has been the worst kept secret in the organization as Malquin Canelo and Rhys Hoskins waited to play in the SAL All-Star game on Wednesday.  Second round pick Scott Kingery and fourth round pick Kyle Martin have been waiting in Clearwater for the BlueClaws to get back from break before joining the team.  Kingery and Martin will be the first two 2015 draftees to play in full season ball, both have advanced bats and could move through the system quickly.  They should man first and second base for the rest of the season.  With Canelo to Clearwater and Grenny Cumana to Williamsport, the middle infield in Lakewood was kind of bare so Drew Stankiewicz will join the already demoted Emmanuel Marrero in manning the middle infield with Kingery.

Meanwhile, Canelo and Hoskins represent two of the breakouts in the system so far.  Both were outside my Top 30 prospects coming into the year and both are in the conversation for the Top 10 at this point.  Canelo is a glove first shortstop who has shown more hitting ability than previously projected.  Hoskins has just continued to hit since midseason last year, there are still some concerns, but there is enough there that he has a chance to be a regular long term.  Both will join already promoted Carlos Tocci and Ricardo Pinto in the Threshers lineup.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. phillysf

    nice debut for kids today , Kingery two hits, Canelo gets promoted and promptly goes big fly, then Randolph does what apparently Randolph does and collects up 3 hits, the future is so bright I gotta wear freaking shades, now move Hamels collect more prospects then eventually win something again

    • phillysf

      Forget to Mention Rhys he got game !

  2. Jeff05

    Hi Matt,

    What are the ‘concerns’ regarding Hoskins?


    • Matt Winkelman

      Can he hit enough vs higher level competition to play first base. There just is no fall back if a prospect is first base only. You need to hit a ton at the major league level. I worry about what he will do when he faces guys who can command off speed pitches and bring premium velocity.

      These are concerns for every prospect, but the risk is amplified to a huge extent for a first base prospect, because you can’t just partially pass the test.

      • Jeff05

        Thanks, Matt. He’s certainly got off on the right foot at Clearwater, with more walks than hits!