GM Matt Klentak said the Phillies have no immediate plans to promote Cozens to Triple-A, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Klentak said the Phillies prefer to give guys a full year of at-bats at certain levels and Cozens could stand to see more action at Double-A Reading. He was promoted to Reading in late August last season, so a move up to Triple-A might have to wait until the end of summer. He is making his case for an earlier promotion with a .289/.366/.586 triple slash line and 19 home runs in 256 at-bats for Reading.
Cozens was named the Phillies' Minor League Hitter of the Month on Friday, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports. Cozens hit .289/.359/.614 with nine home runs and five stolen bases in the month of May. He now has 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases this season to go with a .286 batting average. He is just one homer away from tying his career-high from 2014 at Low-A Lakewood.
Cozens, 21, has homered in five of the last six games for Double-A Reading. Cozens now leads the Eastern League in dingers with 10 this season. He has already surpassed his total from a season ago, and is on pace to shatter his career high of 16 home runs set in 2014. At 6-foot-6, 235-lbs, it is possible that Cozens has finally found his power stroke. It is worth noting he has also stolen nine bases this season.
Cozens went 2-for-2 with a home run and three walks for Double-A Reading on Wednesday. Cozens is hitting .250/.337/.542 with five home runs and five stolen bases in 72 at-bats for Reading this season. He is making less contact this season, which is a bit concerning, but he is also walking more. Cozens is a bit under the radar in a deep Phillies system, but he has the potential to be a solid source of power and speed when he reaches the majors. The Phillies have a desperate need for upgrades in their corner outfield spots, but Cozens will probably spend most, if not all, of the year in the minors.
Cozens (forearm) is hitting .381 (14-for-40) with three home runs in 12 games for Indios de Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican winter league. Cozens was supposed to participate in the Arizona Fall League, but missed his opportunity due to a forearm strain. He is expected to open next season back at Double-A Reading.