The Philadelphia Phillies organization has lost an outfield prospect with big-league experience. It was announced today that Dylan Cozens, who has appeared in 27 games with the Phillies, will have foot surgery and miss the rest of the 2019 season.
Cozens, who turns 25-year-old on May 31, played in 26 games with the Phillies during the 2018 season. He slashed just .158/.273/.289 over 44 plate appearances, making eight starts. Half of those came over the final week of the regular season, after the Phillies had been eliminated from postseason contention.
On June 6 in just his third big-league game, Cozens blasted his lone home run to this point in Major League Baseball. That night at Wrigley Field against the host Chicago Cubs, Cozens drilled a two-run homer off closer Brandon Morrow in the top of the 9th inning to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead.
Cozens was called up briefly this season and appeared in one game on April 26. He grounded out weakly to second base as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 7th inning of a Phillies 4-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
OF Dylan Cozens (foot surgery) done for the season
Slashed .167/.333/.462 with 6 HRs, 20 BBs, 42 Ks in 23 games with @IronPigs
— Tom Housenick (@TomHousenick) May 21, 2019
The Phillies second round pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of high school in his native Arizona, Cozens became a sensation in the 2016 season at Double-A Reading. That year he blasted 40 home runs and stole 21 bases, teaming with current Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (38 homers) to form the most powerful combo of hitters in all of Minor League Baseball.
But Reading has always been known as a tremendous hitters park. While Hoskins developed into an all-around strong hitter, Cozens regressed the following year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He would strike out more than 500 times over the 2016-18 seasons combined, stunting his ability to reach the majors. Cozens has struck out in more than half of his plate appearances with the Phillies when given an opportunity.
Cozens will have no minor league options remaining when the 2020 season opens, so this could very well mark the end of his time in the Phillies organization. He will look to recover and rehabilitate himself, and then make a decision on where his career is headed during the next off-season.
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