Cozens is not an option to take Aaron Altherr's (hamstring) spot on the roster, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Cozens is hitting .222/.308/.442 with 23 home runs in 387 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He has tremendous power, but he is striking out 34.2 percent of the time. The Phillies will likely keep Cozens at Lehigh Valley for the remainder of their season, but could give him a cup of coffee in September when rosters expand.
Cozens went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs and a walk for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in their win Friday over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The two homers boosted Cozens' total to 21 for the season, allowing him to pass Lehigh Valley teammate Rhys Hoskins for the International League lead. Hoskins is viewed as the more complete prospect of the two due to his superior contact skills, but both could be bound for the majors in the second half as the rebuilding Phillies look to evaluate some of their younger talent. Cozens' strikeout (31.8 percent) and walk (9.3 percent) rates aren't far off what he posted in his breakout campaign with Double-A Reading in 2016, but a 50-point drop in BABIP has saddled him with a .238 average this season.
Cozens is hitting .237/.300/.500 with 13 home runs and three stolen bases in 190 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Cozens got off to a horrible start in April, but hit .330/.386/.689 with nine home runs in May. He also struck out at 44.9 percent clip in April, but cut that back to 26.8 percent in May. That is still a lofty strikeout rate, but a little more tolerable, especially with the power production. Cozens is likely to spend the full season at Triple-A in order to continue to refine his approach at the plate, but he could force the Phillies to reconsider if he carries his recent production into the summer months.
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.
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