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.
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.