Dylan Cozens was named the MVP of the Eastern League after hitting .276/.350/.591 with 40 home runs, 38 doubles, 125 RBI and 21 stolen bases for Double-A Reading last season. The numbers, while impressive, have to be taken with a grain of salt given the hitter-friendly park in Reading. Cozens hit 29 of his 40 home runs at home where he also had a 1.118 OPS compared to a .766 OPS on the road. He also struck out 186 times in 134 games and struggled against lefties, hitting just .197 with a .640 OPS in 127 at-bats. The upside with Cozens is immense given his power, but it remains to be seen how he handles advanced pitching. He will certainly need to improve on his 31.7 percent strikeout rate to avoid being a batting average drain if he makes it to the majors. He should get an invitation to spring training with the Phillies this season, but he is likely ticketed for some time in Triple-A early this year.
Cozens, 22, is slashing .158/.238/.316 across 42 plate appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. Cozens might have captured some attention from casual observers after mashing 40 homers for Double-A Reading a season ago, but a hitter-friendly home park coupled with a 31.7-percent strikeout rate dimmed some of his luster in the eyes of prospect hounds. Concerns about Cozens' contact issues have certainly been validated during his first taste of Triple-A, as his strikeout rate has climbed all the way up to 40.4 percent and his power has gone AWOL. Perhaps the lefty-hitting outfielder will settle in before long, but those who were hoping he'd get his first taste of the majors in 2017 may want to temper their optimism.
Cozens was optioned to minor league camp Monday, Meghan Montemurro of The Wilmington News Journal reports. Cozens had just four hits and struck out 11 times in 11 games this spring. He's coming off a huge year at Double-A Reading where he hit 40 home runs but also struck out 186 times in 134 games. He will likely get a full year of at-bats at Triple-A Lehigh Valley to further refine his offensive game.
Cozens was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster on Friday. The Phillies protected Cozens from the Rule 5 draft, as expected. He led the minors with 40 home runs last year, but that oversells the offensive profile. Cozens posted a 31.7 percent strikeout rate, hit .197 against lefties and hit 29 of his 40 home runs in Reading, which is a very hitter-friendly environment, particularly for left-handed hitters. He also has some significant makeup concerns. Cozens will undoubtedly get a chance to prove his power can play against major league righties, perhaps as soon as the second half of 2017, but it is highly likely that this will be the peak of his dynasty league value.
Cozens was named the MVP of the Eastern League on Wednesday, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports. Cozens hit .276/.350/.591 with 40 home runs, 38 doubles, 125 RBI and 21 stolen bases for Double-A Reading this season. The numbers, while impressive, have to be taken with a grain of salt given the hitter-friendly park in Reading. Cozens hit 29 of his 40 home runs at home where he also had a 1.118 OPS compared to a .766 OPS on the road. He also struck out 186 times in 134 games. He should get an invitation to spring training with the Phillies next season, but he is likely ticketed for some time in Triple-A early next year.
Cozens went 4-for-5 with three home runs, a triple, seven RBI and a stolen base for Double-A Reading on Wednesday. Cozens has now hit a career-high 30 home runs this season and also has career-highs in doubles (32) and RBI (96) through 103 games. Cozens is a solid prospect with plenty of potential, but his production this year should be taken with a grain of salt given that he plays half his games in an offensive-friendly ballpark. At home this season he is slashing .298/.386/.778 with 24 home runs while on the road he is slashing .266/.344/.417 with six home runs.