Dylan Cozens was your selection as the #15 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Cozens received 67 of 255 votes (26%). Ranger Suarez finished second (60, 24%), Seranthony Dominguez finished third (23, 9%), Darick Hall finished fourth (16, 6%), and Kyle Young finished fifth (15, 6%). Twenty players split the remaining 74 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. 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. Joe Jordan has referenced this during interviews since.
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 in 2016, 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.
Cozens hit 27 home runs in 2017 in Lehigh Valley. But his overall production took a big hit. Enough of a hit that he wasn’t brought up to Philadelphia when rosters expanded in September.
Year/Age/Dif/Lev PA HR RBI BB SO BA/OBP/SLG/OPS BB% K% PA/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 2017/23/-3.7/AAA 542 27 75 58 194 .210/.301/.418/.719 10.70% 35.79% 20
There has been mounting concern regarding Cozens’ strike out rate (and lefty/righty splits). He proved he was able to command the strike zone in Clearwater. His inability to control his penchant to swing for the long ball has brought his career to its nadir. If he doesn’t heed the instruction he receives, he’ll likely be a platoon player at best or playing for another organization’s AAA team next year.
Next up is your selection for the #16 prospect in the organization with Harold Arauz, Brayan Gonzalez, and Greg Picket added to the poll. These are the last players I’m adding to the poll. No other players got enough support from an earlier poll to be considered.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Roman Quinn
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cornelius Randolph
- Tom Eshelman
- Dylan Cozens