The end of a long 2015 baseball season is finally in sight for Phillies prospects right fielder Dylan Cozens and left-handed specialist, Hoby Milner.
Their team Indio de Mayaguez is down 3 games to 2 in a best of 7 series finals to Santurce in the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Finals in Puerto Rico. They play again Friday night in a must win Game Six.
Cozens has had a long 2015 season fighting through injuries but has played 160 games total now extending 29 days into January.
Cozens has put up some interesting numbers with the GCL Phillies, the Threshers, Reading, the Eastern League playoffs and now in Puerto Rico. He has hit .289 overall going 166 for 582 with 35 doubles, 5 triples and 14 homer runs with 79 RBIs. Impressively, he has stolen 25 bases in 33 attempts.
The 2016 season should be a breakout year for Cozens. He will be playing at baseball age 22. The hitting friendly confines of the Reading ballpark to start next season should play well with his swing.
The prevailing wind in Reading and close walls should be ideal for Cozens’ left-handed bat just as it was for Ryan Howard’s bat when he played in Reading. The two of his three homers Dylan hit in Puerto Rico were to left and the other one was the long drive to right a couple of nights ago. Watch HERE, HERE and HERE.
Hoby Milner has made the transition from a starter to left-handed reliever this season. He has definitely become a lefty specialist. Last night in he was brought in to face three hitters to start the ninth inning including two lefty bats and turned a switch hitter around to his right side where he was hitting 150 points lower than from his left side. He has yet to be charged with an earned run from a left-handed hitter in Puerto Rico.
Another Phillies still prospect still playing that I have overlooked is Herlis Rodriguez in the VWL Championship Series. He is being used as a late inning defensive replacement in left field. He had a fly ball putout last night in the ninth inning. His Aragua team is up three games to two in the best of seven finals which continue tonight.