Dylan Cozens And Rhys Hoskins Heat Up The Offseason Leagues in Puerto Rico and Australia

The 2016 season looks like a long season continuing to rebuild for the Phillies at the MLB level.  But at the minor league level several Phillies prospects are positioning themselves to break into its major league starting lineup at some point as the season progresses.

Dylan Cozens is quickly emerging as the Phillies top right field prospect.  Consider in 2015 he hit over .300 for the Clearwater Threshers in the second half; .350 in the final 11 games of the season for Reading; .310 in the Eastern League playoffs and has now has hit .364 with two homers in his last ten games of the Puerto Rico Winter League.

Cozens went 4 for 7 with a double and a homer in Friday and Saturday nights action for the Indios de Mayaguez.

Not to be outdone, first baseman Rhys Hoskins just had a five-game weekend series to remember in the Australian Baseball League for the Sydney Blue Sox.  He went 10 for 21 with two homers, a double and eight runs batted in including seven in his last two games.  In Sunday’s game Hoskins went 4 for 5 with four hits and four RBIs.

Hoskins just missed hitting his third home run in three days on Sunday when he lined a double off the left wall. Watch HERE.

Hoskins’ double put him back in the lead with 13 two-base hits in the ABL.  He continues to hit over .300 and put up a .900 plus OPS at every level he has played in 2015.

RHYS HOSKINS - Action from Game 5 of the 7th Round of the 2015 / 2016 Australian Baseball League between Adelaide Bite and Sydney Blue Sox played at Norwood Oval, Adelaide, South Australia, Sunday December 6th 2015. [Photo: Ryan Schembri - SMP Images - ABL Media]

RHYS HOSKINS – Action from Game 5 of the 7th Round of the 2015 / 2016 Australian Baseball League between Adelaide Bite and Sydney Blue Sox played at Norwood Oval, Adelaide, South Australia, Sunday December 6th 2015. [Photo: Ryan Schembri – SMP Images – ABL Media]

Rhys Hoskins celebrates the win. Photo courtesy of ABL Facebook Page

Rhys Hoskins celebrates the win on Sunday. Photo courtesy of ABL Facebook Page

Both Hoskins and Cozens likely will start the 2016 season in the hitter friendly Reading ballpark where the walls are close and the wind always blows out when we have been there.  Those games should be worth more than the price of admission to watch in 2016 with Cozens and Hoskins in the lineup to start next season.

 

 

 

 

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I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/how-i-got-started-in-baseball/
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One Response to Dylan Cozens And Rhys Hoskins Heat Up The Offseason Leagues in Puerto Rico and Australia

  1. Romus says:

    Ross,
    Great reporting.
    Hoskins is certainly on fire…..I think , of all six winter leagues (Ven, DR, PRWL, Mexican, AFL and ABL) and approx. 450 positional players affiliated with MLB teams, playing in these leagues, he ranks as sixth in OPS. Granted the ABL pitching level may be a little lower, still he is doing what is to be expected and quite well.
    And Cozens now seems also to be finding his groove.
    Reading with those two, along with Alfaro and Pullin could really be bombs away next season.

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