Cozens is tied for the International League lead in homers with seven after hitting four in his last seven games, MLB.com reports.
Cozens had a 1.245 OPS over that seven-game span. His slash line stands at an excellent .276/.371/.541 through 29 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, far better than the .210/.301/.418 line he posted in a full season there last year. Still, to profile as anything other than a Quad-A slugger, Cozens will have to get the bat on the ball more often. His strikeout rate sits at 37.1 percent, which does nothing to dispel the concerns that he could struggle to hit .200 at the major-league level.
Cozens hit a three-run homer Monday against Norfolk, bringing his line up to .286/.381/.571 through his first 10 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Cozens' 40-homer explosion for Double-A Reading in 2016 put him on the prospect map, but scouts were quick to note several serious red flags. Reading is infamous for inflating the power stats of Phillies' prospects, and Cozens had major holes in his swing. Upon promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season, those holes became overwhelming, as he slipped to a .210/.301/.418 line with a 35.8 percent strikeout rate. His strikeout rate is just as high so far this year (35.7 percent), so don't assume that he's fixed anything. A hitter has to have Joey Gallo-level power to succeed with a strikeout rate that high, and while Cozens is a very strong man, he's not Joey Gallo. Cozens could see some time in the majors this season if several Phillies outfielders get injured, but expectations should be kept low. Even if he knocks out a few homers, a sub-.200 batting average would hardly be a surprise.
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.
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|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||11||40||6||14||2||0||3||9||3||7||2||1||.386||.625||.350|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||135||476||68||100||12||3||27||75||58||194||8||3||.301||.418||.210|