Dylan Cozens was your selection as the #9 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Hoskins won handily with 142 votes (47%), more than doubling second place finisher C Randolph with 65 votes (22%). Scott Kingery finished third with 49 votes.
Dylan Cozens was the Phillies second round pick in the 2012 Amateur draft out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ.
Cozens put up reasonable numbers as he moved up through the lower levels of the organization. He displayed the type of numbers we associate with power hitters. As his home runs increased his K rate fluctuated around 25% and his batting average settled in around .250.
Then in Clearwater in 2015, he posted a career low K rate under 20%, and a career high .282 batting average (note that I discarded Cozens’ SSS in Reading and the GCL in 2015). However, his HR production dropped to five. I found out just before his promotion to AA, that Cozens had been instructed to make better contact over hitting home runs in 2015.
You can see in the chart below his progression during his career. He showed in Clearwater that he can hit for average but at a severe cost to his power. His lower K rate also brought along a career low BB rate.
When unleashed in AA, Cozens only lost .006 in batting average but added .180 to his SLG, .200 to his OPS, cut his AB per HR from 79 to 15, and more than doubled his previous high in run production.
Year/Age/Dif/Lev PA HR RBI BB SO BA/OBP/SLG/OPS BB% K% AB/HR
2012/18/-1.7/Rk 183 5 24 21 44 .255/.341/.441/.782 11.48% 24.04% 37
2013/19/-2.0/A- 277 9 35 28 64 .265/.343/.469/.812 10.11% 23.10% 31
2014/20/-1.5/A 556 16 62 40 147 .248/.303/.415/.717 7.19% 26.44% 35
2015/21/-1.7/A+ 397 5 46 26 79 .282/.335/.411/.746 6.55% 19.90% 79
2016/22/-2.3/AA 586 40 125 61 186 .276/.350/.591/.941 10.41% 31.74% 15
We’re all concerned by his splits and his K rate, but he has proven he can put the ball in play more consistently two years ago. It’s plausible to believe that he can bring his strike outs down with out losing too much of his power other than that which he loses when he moves on from Reading.
Of course, I can’t close out this topic without a couple anecdotal stories. The first occurred in XST a few years ago. Cozens wasn’t in his normal right field position, but we could see his name on the line up. Closer inspection showed that he was playing in center field. He looked good too, ranging left and right to make catches in the gaps. His speed still surprises, even though he stole 21 bases in 22 attempts in 2016.
The second involves one of the four home runs Cozens hit at Bright House Field. All four were hit to the far reaches of the park, but the home run he hit on April 18, 2015 is one I will remember forever. I described it that night as “Thome-esque”. from my seat behind home plate, the ball appeared to sail through the light stand in right field. I later realized that was an illusion and that the ball had passed below the lights as it headed toward Route 19. I’ve heard that Jim Thome reached Route 19 one spring, and that Ryan Howard came close. Cozens probably came close that night, too.
Next up is your selection for the #10 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens