We just made it to the next to last Instructs game today at BrightHouse. I only got to see Dylan Cozens work a walk late in the game but my baseball friend Jim scored the game. He reported that Cozens had two hits including a two run rbi triple down the first base line. In an earlier at bat he singled to left and stole a base. I saw him go back on a fly ball to right and make the catch look easy. If there were such an award Cozens would get my vote for Instructs MVP.
Needless to say I am a Cozens guy. It’s hard to believe this guy is just 18 years old. He is listed on the official Instructs roster sheet at 6’6”, 225 lbs. He has shown great athleticism in the field and on the bases. Though he did not throw the runner out last week, I watched him throw a long strong throw from right that was off the plate up the third base line a bit but clearly he has a strong arm needed to play right field in the big leagues.
Cozens is a five tool player. I remember when former Washington Capital coach Bruce Boudreau at the time was asked how he knows whether this guy or that guy was an NHL prospect. He replied “you know it when you see it”. That’s the way I feel about Dylan Cozens. You see Cozens play and he is a five tool player who will play in MLB. He has shown in the times I have seen him play in the GCL and Instructs this year that he can hit, hit with power, run, throw and field.
I also like his clutch ability. One game in the GCL this summer Baseball Betsy and I decided to beat the heat and started to leave up the right field line in the bottom of the 9th in a game at Ashburn Field. We forgot Cozens was yet to bat. He proceeded to hit one of the longest walk off singles I have ever seen as he drove a long shot off the fence just to the right of the batter’s eye in center to win the game.
Today’s game was a tie as the Pirate instructs came back to knot the game at 5-5. All teenagers worked on the mound for the Phillies. Andrew Anderson, Franklin Vargas, Richard Bielski and Elinery Garcia got in some work on the bump in one last chance to impress the huge contingent of Phillies brass led by GM Ruben Amaro Jr. sitting in Sec. 111 behind home plate. Hitting wise in addition to Cozens, DH Chris Serritella lined a double off the yellow foul line on the right field wall. First baseman Harold Martinez continued his hot hitting by doubling to left. Andrew Pullin at second committed a key error on a ground ball late in the game that allowed the Pirates Instructs to get back into the game.
The three week Instruct season ends tomorrow morning before the Phillies break camp with one final game against the Blue Jay Instructs. Attention by the Front Office will now turn to the likes of Cody Asche, Tyler Knigge, Kyle Simon and Tommy Joseph in the Arizona Fall League and Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Tyson Gillies and Darin Ruf in the Venezuelan Winter League.