Cozens (foot) signed a two-year minor-league deal with the Rays on Saturday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
He is out for the year after undergoing foot surgery, but the Rays have committed to him being in the organization during the 2020 season. Cozens has big-time power with significant strikeout concerns. He will likely open the 2020 season at Triple-A.
Cozens (foot) was released by the Phillies on Saturday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Cozens has big raw power but not much else, hitting .154 while striking out 53.3 percent of the time in 45 career big-league plate appearances. Calling him a Quad-A player may even be a bit of a stretch, as he's struck out 36.4 percent of the time in parts of three seasons at the Triple-A level while posting an unremarkable .219/.320/.461 slash line. The 25-year-old may not be able to find work until next spring, as he's currently recovering from season-ending foot surgery.
Cozens (foot) was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Cozens has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing foot surgery in May, so the Phillies opted to remove him from their 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for Corey Dickerson, who was acquired from the Pirates in a corresponding move. In 23 games with Lehigh Valley prior to getting hurt, Cozens slashed .167/.333/.462 with six home runs and five steals.
Cozens underwent season-ending foot surgery, Tom Housenick of the Morning Call reports.
Cozens has so far failed to establish himself at the big-league level, hitting .154 with a 53.3 percent strikeout rate in 45 plate appearances. He hit .167/.333/.462 with six homers and five steals in 23 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before getting shut down. His time in the Phillies organization could be over.
Cozens was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
Cozens spent just two days on the big-league roster, going 0-for-1 at the plate. He'll be the odd man out with Jean Segura returning from his hamstring injury.
Cozens was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
With Roman Quinn (groin) heading back to the injured list, Cozens was summoned to the majors to provide the Phillies with much-needed outfield depth. The 24-year-old's stay with the big club could be brief, however, as Odubel Herrera (hamstring) is hoping to return from the IL on Sunday. Prior to earning a promotion, Cozens was hitting .218/.380/.636 with six homers and three stolen bases in 16 games with the IronPigs.
Cozens was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
It was always going to take two injuries for Cozens to make the team. Roman Quinn is expected to open on the injured list with an oblique injury, but Odubel Herrera is ready to go following an absence with a hamstring issue, so Cozens won't be needed right away. He could be called on later in the season during an injury crisis but will need to cut down on his 54.5 percent strikeout rate through 44 plate appearances if he's to be a viable option.
Cozens went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's Grapefruit League loss to Toronto.
The performance summed up Cozens as succinctly as possible, as the young outfielder combines impressive power potential with major swing-and-miss issues. So far, the whiffs have overcome the power, as he struck out in 54.5 percent of his 44 plate appearances in his big-league debut last year. Still, Cozens is just 24, and he's doing everything he can this spring, hitting .348 with three homers and a 1.270 OPS. The Phillies' outfield is too crowded for him to make the Opening Day roster, but injuries could open up another shot for him at some point this season.
Cozens went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, two walks and three runs scored Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Cozens has been stellar at the plate to begin camp, collecting six hits, two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base in seven at-bats. The 24-year-old continues to man the outfield, although his impressive power numbers could warrant a move to first base sooner rather than later. Cozens made his major-league debut with the Phillies in 2018, but he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.
Cozens took fielding practice at first base Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
The outfielder has the sort of body type that suggests a move to first base is an inevitability. The offensive bar there is of course even higher than in an outfield corner, and Cozens hasn't shown that he's capable of that kind of production so far, as he's gone 2-for-22 with 16 strikeouts in his first taste of big-league action. That sample is very small, however, and he's had success in the minors (albeit with high strikeout rates there as well), so if he can play a capable first base along with a capable right field he could have a future as a bench bat.
Cozens was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
Cozens slashed .246/.345/.529 with 21 home runs with the IronPigs this season but found little success -- 2-for-20 -- during his brief stint in the majors. The 24-year-old should serve as outfield depth as the Phillies remain in the playoff hunt.
Cozens was named the Phillies' Minor League Hitter of the Month for July on Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The announcement is small consolation for Cozens after he was sent back to the minors Tuesday. To win the award, he hit .303/.410./788 with eight homers in 18 games in the month of July for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. That power is the reason why Cozens could have a major-league future, but his 36.4 percent strikeout rate at the Triple-A level suggests he'll be a Quad-A player at best. His 60.9 percent strikeout rate through his first 23 major-league plate appearances will surely come down, but there remains considerable doubt that it will come down far enough for him to have a successful big-league career despite his minor-league performances.
Cozens was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Cozens will swap places with Enyel De Los Santos as the Phillies opt to go with an extra bullpen arm for Tuesday's contest after deploying six relievers in Monday's extra-innings loss. The 24-year-old is hitting just .100/.217/.250 across 14 games with the Phillies this season.
Cozens was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Cozens will provide a little extra depth in the outfield while he's back with the big-league club. Over 12 games with the Phillies this year, he's gone just 2-for-18 with one home run and two RBI, though his .538 slugging percentage in Triple-A suggests he has the ability to power the ball if he's able to make contact. He will be available for Tuesday's game in Boston.
Cozens hit four home runs in his first four games after a recent demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Cozens struggled to get going in sporadic playing time with the Phillies, grabbing just two hits in 21 plate appearances. His Triple-A numbers aren't particularly impressive on the season, sitting at .229/.324/.489 through 55 games, but he may be starting to go on a run. He has a good chance to return in a bench role later this season, but it would take a few injuries for him to earn regular at-bats at the major-league level.
Cozens was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
Cozens received only sporadic playing time with the Phillies, hitting just 2-for-18. He'll go get regular at-bats in Triple-A while veteran utility man Trevor Plouffe will fill Cozens' role as a bench bat.
Cozens (quadriceps) was activated from the disabled list Sunday.
Prior to the injury, Cozens had appeared in five games for the Phillies, going 2-for-9 with a homer and striking out six times. Jesmuel Valentin was placed on the paternity list in a corresponding move.
Cozens (quadriceps) will start a running progression this weekend, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
He will head to the Phillies' spring training complex in Florida to begin his rehab during the upcoming road trip. Even once he is fully healthy, Cozens is not a lock to stick up with the big club, and would likely only play sparingly in the best-case scenario.
Cozens landed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday due to a left quadriceps strain.
Cozens suffered the injury during Friday's contest when he left the game after attempting to dive for a flyball in the gap. The club has yet to reveal a timetable for the 24-year-old but it's likely that he will be sent back to Triple-A once he's able to return.
Cozens left Friday's game against the Brewers with an apparent lower-body injury, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Cozens was seen limping after attempting to make a play on a ball hit to the gap, and although he finished the inning, he was eventually lifted. The severity of the injury is unknown, but more news on his status should be released in the near future.
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