Days after Rhys Hoskins turned in arguably the best game of his career, his former Reading “Bash Brother” is stepping away from baseball to pursue another dream.
Cozens – who set a Double-A franchise record with 40 home runs in 2016 – says he’s going to attempt to play in the NFL:
Despite shining at the Double-A level, Cozens will walk away from baseball having played in just 27 major league games, which came with the Phillies between 2018 and 2019. Across 39 at-bats in the majors, Cozens hit .154 with one home run, two RBIs and 24 strikeouts.
Now 27, Cozens had been playing for the Nashville Sounds, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was slashing .177/.343/.329 with two home runs, seven RBIs and 43 strikeouts in 79 at-bats this season.
The Phillies selected Cozens in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Chaparral High School in Arizona. The 6-foot-5, 245 pound slugger had a monster senior year playing football, recording 8 1/2 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss as an edge rusher. Cozens had verbally committed to playing football at the University of Arizona before opting to turn professional in baseball with the Phillies instead.
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