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Prospect Nation 2014: #18 Outfielder Dylan Cozens

Natural power is what made outfielder Dylan Cozens the Phillies 2nd round draft choice (77th overall) in 2012.  The six-foot-six 235-pounder has since shown a lot of progress in his short time in the minor leagues and is one the organization’s most promising offensive players.

After signing with the Phillies, Cozens debuted with the rookie level Gulf Coast Phillies.  In 50 games there, the lefty hitting Arizona native collected 15 doubles, two triples, five homers and 24 RBI. Cozens also participated in the Florida Instructional League in 2012, where he impressed Phillies coaches and staff with his ability to drive the ball to the farthest reaches of the Carpenter Complex and neighboring teams’ facilities.

After a productive spring in 2013, Cozens was retained in extended spring training and made his official season debut with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League.  Cozens was among the league leaders in many categories last year, placing second in the league in doubles (19), extra base hits (30), and runs (50) while ranking third in slugging percentage (.469).  Additionally, he batted .265 with two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in 68 games for the Cutters.

As would be expected, Cozens performed better against right-handers (.273/.351/.500) than he did against lefty pitchers (.247/.325/.397) last season.

The highly athletic youngster was committed to play Division 1 football with Arizona after competing in just one year of high school football as a defensive end.  Cozens passed up the opportunity to be a dual sport collegiate athlete for the Wildcats when he quickly signed with the Phillies following the 2012 draft.

At the plate, Cozens has a bit of a long swing that critics point out could result in difficulty producing a high batting average, but if the Phils are looking for a prototypical corner outfield slugger with this powerful teenager, a .250 average would be perfectly acceptable if the power is there to offer other valuable production.

The Phillies are big on Cozens’ power potential and feel his ceiling is as a big league slugger.  In his senior season of high school ball for Chaparral HS, he led the state of Arizona in home runs with 19.

On the bases, Cozens isn’t as slow as most people might expect of a big-bodied masher.  He’s proven to be an occasional threat on the bases, swiping eight bags in 10 tries with the GCL club in 2012 and notching 11 steals in 17 chances last year with Williamsport.

On the defensive side, Cozens hasn’t had any difficulty adjusting to the pro ranks.  Coaches have noticed a small issue with his first step, but Cozens has been praised for his adaptability and is already a capable fielder.  He covers a good amount of ground and has a very strong arm.

Jersey shore area fans will be treated to quite a show this year as Cozens is a lock to play with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws this upcoming season, barring some type of injury.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Pamikedc

    January 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Good!! Some positive news!!!!

    DE- wow. I might have played fball.

  2. Bart Shart

    January 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Thrilled to read about a power-hitting Phillies prospect.. Hope he makes his MLB debut soon.

  3. Joe a

    January 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Just read this depressing article that grades all of the mlb teams offseason moves. Nats got an A+, Mets and Fish got a B+, Braves got a C-, and our Fighting Phil got an F. We’re the only team that got an F. Any chance Sam Hinkie can be gen manager for Sixers and Phils?
    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/1931360-offseason-report-card-grades-for-all-30-mlb-teams-so-far

    • Jay

      January 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Saw that…it’s so sad- I’m trying to hold on to the belief that a bad offseason doesn’t transfer to a bad season and vice versa

    • schmenkman

      January 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Typical B/R drivel, and more a disagreement with the strategy than a grade of the off-season. This one actually makes much more sense: http://crashburnalley.com/2014/01/21/the-phillies-have-had-a-relatively-good-off-season/

    • hk

      January 26, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Now that Bleacher Report has rated the off-season as an F, I like it even more.

  4. Robotnik

    January 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hope this guy makes it to CBP soon. However, knowing how RAJ operates, he’ll trade him for Freddy Garcia.

    • George

      January 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      It was Pat Gillick who made the trade for Freddy Garcia. Thanks to that move, the Phils don’t have Gio Gonzales. At least when Amaro has traded prospects, he’s gotten someone like Halladay, Lee, or Pence back, not a pitcher everyone else thought had shoulder problems at the time.

      • schmenkman

        January 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        Agreed, George. And there haven’t been many prospects traded (and no draft picks given up) since mid-2012 when they started rebuilding.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      January 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Which is mainly because besides Biddle and possibly Franco, there’s not much in the farm system that other teams would be interested in.

      The Pence trade may turn out to be the worst trade Amaro has ever made. Cosart has already contributed at the major league level, and Singleton & Santana are widely viewed as legitimate prospects. When trying to defend the prowess of RAJ, the Pence trade is probably not one to point to.

      • George

        January 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

        I never said that these were good trades. I was just indicating that at least Amaro got some quality back (even if he overpaid) which Gillick clearly didn’t in the case of Garcia. The two prospects traded for Freddy have been pretty succesful (particularly Gio Gonzales) but Garcia gave the Phils close to zilch.

        Of the trades I mentoned, I’d say only the Pence deal was an overpay. But that overpay was still less of one than the Garcia trade. And uou simply can’t argue against getting Lee or Halladay for the non-talents Amaro gave up for them.

  5. wbramh

    January 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Sounds like he could turn out to be either another Frank Howard – or John Mayberry, Jr.
    I’d start him, now and find out.
    What does this year’s team have to lose?

    • George

      January 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Start a 19 year old now and he’ll probablt be a Mayberry, if even that. If given a little more development time, he might actually turn into a Howard, or even better.

      There aren’t many Trouts out there; the guys who can actually make it at such an early age and with so little experience.

      • schmenkman

        January 25, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        Yeah, stating the obvious: Cozens could turn into a decent player if he can continue developing, but he’s no Mike Trout.

      • wbramh

        January 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        I was joking on two counts.

        1. I was lamenting the fact that this crew will win 65 games in 2014.
        2. The Phillies don’t bring anyone up from the minors before age 40.

        #2 was also a joke (but not by much)

        But on the subject of age, while Fellers and Aparicios are the exception, there’s a bumper crop of bona fide 21 and 22-year-old stars in MLB at this time. In fact, you can go around the horn with Freeman, Altuve, Castro, Lawrie and Montero and add an outfield of Stanton, the aforementioned Trout and Hosmer – and add Puig as your 4th fielder. To my knowledge, none of them have seen their 23rd birthday. You can add at least a dozen current starting pitchers to that list. IMO, Maikel Franco is the youngest potential (and ready) star the Phillies have had in some time. I suspect current management will keep him languishing in the minors so the big dollar clock doesn’t start ticking until Ryan Howard retires or can no longer crawl to the plate. Then, they’ll complete the conversion of Franco from 3rd to 1st. I suspect he’ll get a lot of minor league playing time at 1st this year since management appears sold on Cody Asche as their 3rd base answer.

      • schmenkman

        January 26, 2014 at 2:09 am

        Sorry w, I missed the joke. On Asche, I think they are sold on him as the answer at third, but only for the start of the 2014 season. Beyond that I think it will depend quite a bit on how both Asche and Franco play. I would not be surprised at all to see Asche traded and Franco called up to play third, for example.

        But in general, about the Phillies and their lack of young phenoms in recent years, it’s worth keeping in mind that 1) since 2000 they are dead last in all of baseball in the number of first round picks, and 2) they were trading prospects for veterans for a few years to try to keep the playoff runs going and have a chance to win it all one more time.

        http://www.thegoodphight.com/2013/12/2/5158126/first-in-cheesesteaks-first-in-soft-pretzels-and-last-in-first-round

      • Ryne Duren

        January 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Schmenk you’re right on. A lot of people don’t realize that to stay on top you almost have to make the moves. That is, move minor leaguers for veterans to stay on top. Inevitably it comes back to bite you. Especially when the talent evaluators seem to be lacking. The moves they made at the time helped us win, Rube most likely could have gotten Pence without the PTBNL, which I was very disappointed when I learned it was Domingo S. The Garcia trade? Looked not that bad then. Gonzalez was a prospect and the other guy who’s name alludes me right now wasn’t doing very well for us. Plus Garcia was coming off a 20 win season soooo.
        Well you know the rest.
        I always had the impression that rube had a plan with the structure of how the Phillies contracts were set. I thought Rollins would be the first position wise to go with Freddie given the shot. Then with Hernandez on the rise along with Asche, Franco Ruf, Brown, and the young arms in the pen coming up that They were going to let the team transition. I started to worry when they gave Rollins the last contract and now with Chooch, Utley, and the Byrd signing it just looks to me that they’re rolling the dice and tying the teams moves for the next couple of years. I have a rotten feeling that we’re in for another era of non contending years as we were for most of the franchise’s history.

      • George

        January 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Rhyne, to most baseball people, the trade for Garcia looked bad even at the time. Garcia had had a lousy second half and there were a number of people who felt he had some kind of an arm issue, which he did. Gillick made the trade without even giving a physical.

        The other player was Gavin Floyd, and although he hadn’t done much with the Phils, he was still yound and had promise. He did okay after the trade.

        To address your other concerns, I can only say that in his time with the Phils, Galvis has shown that he isn’t ready offensively and Hernandez and Ruf only project as a part timers.

        In my opinion, Amaro IS letting the transition happen. You have to have players ready in order to replace what you’ve got. If you have to re-sign a Rollins or an Utley to allow others to come into their own, that’s what you do. I don’t think anyone would care to watch an ML team made up of AA and AAA talent in need of more polish. You don’t sign an injury prone Garza or an aging and overpriced Beltran if you’re simply trying to wait until your own Biddles and Francos are fully ready.

        One though, this time directed at wbramh. There may be a “bumper crop” of 21 and 22 year olds right now, but the discussion was about Cozens, who is only 19. I’d aklso point out that Galvis was a major leaguer at 22, and there have been others. It’s not as if the Phils only bring up guys who are 25. I’m rather tired of that bogus complaint.

  6. matt

    January 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    He’s 19? Can’t wait for his debut in 2023.

    • schmenkman

      January 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      If he’s lucky, that is. The vast majority of 19 year olds never make it to AA or AAA, let along the majors.

      • wbramh

        January 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        And if you were to break down his rookie league numbers he’s only hitting the long ball at a clip that would give him 16 dings in a 162 game season. That output may change as he matures and puts on a little more weight but he’s only going to see better pitching.

        In other words, all we know now is that Dylan is tall, athletic, can run very well for a big guy and was conceived to song, “Lay Lady, Lay.”.

        Still, I like to see guys built like Howard coming up in the system. We’re never going to see 150 RBIs in a season out of the Ben Reveres.

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