Dylan Cozens Gets Opportunity With Phillies
The Phillies are now down three position players to the disabled list: shortstop J.P. Crawford, utility player Pedro Florimon and outfielder Rhys Hoskins. At Triple-A, Roman Quinn remains on the disabled list, too. So after Jesmuel Valentin joined the Phillies, the club was down to their last 40-man roster player. And so, Dylan Cozens will join the Phillies in Los Angeles.
The news broke last night when Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call noticed that Hoskins was packing up and heading out the door. On what is his 24th birthday, Cozens will earn his first major league promotion. While he might not have gotten this opportunity without injury, Cozens will get the opportunity to show he belongs in the major leagues.
At Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cozens was batting just .226. But with three home runs over the last week, Cozens has 10 home runs and has driven in 25 runs. Strikeouts remain a concern for Cozens; Cozens has struck out 75 times in 168 at bats for the IronPigs.
Since Crawford is already on a rehab assignment, either Cozens or third baseman Mitch Walding will likely head back to Lehigh Valley sooner or later. But the opportunity is there for both players to show that they belong.