Name: Dylan Cozens
DOB: May 31, 1994
Height: 6′ 6″
Drafted: Drafted in the 2nd round (#77 overall) in the 2012 draft, $659,800 signing bonus
Pre Draft Report: Cozens was a two sport athlete in high school with a scholarship to play football (defensive end) and baseball. He has a ton of raw power and during his senior season he broke the Arizona home run record with 19 HRs including a walk off in the state championship. Cozens is already a large person and there are concerns that he will get too big for the outfield and will ultimately end up at first base. The biggest question was his make up, in his junior year of high school he got into a fight with a coach that ended up with his suspension from the team and ultimately his transfer for his senior season.
Career Synopsis: Cozens made his debut in the GCL and showed his impressive raw power and a good approach at the plate. He also showed some contact issues with 44 Ks in only 182 ABs. His final line was .255/.341/.441 with 5 HRs. His defense drew good reviews from scouts but some saw him as a bit stiff in the field and at the plate.
Scouting Report: Below is an assessment of Cozens’s raw tools, rated on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. The grades are my estimation based on what I’ve read and those I’ve talked to. The second number is a future projection, the first number is the current assessment
Hit For Average: 40/50
Hit For Power:60/70
Throwing Arm: 60
Summary: Cozens is a giant human being with a classic slugger profile. He had a scholarship to play defensive end for the University of Arizona and is athletic enough to play right field for now. He is already a bit stiff, the question is how will his body change as he shifts from a two sport athlete to full time baseball player, he could be a good defensive outfielder or he might have a move to first base in his future. At the plate he has huge raw power and a good approach, he made decent contact in his debut but he will need to make more to reach his power ceiling.
Upside: Regardless of what position Cozens finishes at his bat will be the tool that carries him. He has very impressive raw power and has shown that he can translate it to game action at least on the rookie league level. He has had some contact issues but has also shown the impressive plate discipline and the ability to try a walk. In the field Cozens currently has the arm and range to play right field right now but if he gets much bigger he may end up at first base.
Profile updated: 10/15/12