It’s been a big weekend for the Phillies minor league power bats of Dylan Cozens and Jose Pujols.
Friday night for Reading, Cozens hit his 36th and 37the home runs of the season. His 37th tied Ryan Howard for second in Reading’s all-time home runs in one season. Watch and read HERE. He needs only one more to tie Darin Ruf’s all-time Reading home run record in a season of 38 from back in 2012.
Not to be outdone on Saturday night Lakewood’s Jose Pujols hit his 23rd home run of the season to break Lakewood’s single season home record record of 22 held most recently by Jim Murphy back in 2011. Read HERE.
I was unable to find any video of the historic Pujols home run against Delmarva in Salisbury Md. Saturday night, but I have included a video of his 14th home run back on June 26th in Greenville South Carolina. It was a blast so far and so deep that even the Green Monster in left could not hold it as it went out well over 400 ft to center. Watch HERE.
It was interesting to note that in Friday’s doubleheader Cozens played one game in left and the second game in right. On Saturday night he played centerfield. So it’s hard to tell where in the world Dylan will play in the outfield at the major league level though this season he has played 81 games in right, 26 in left and last night appears to be his first game in center for this season.
On the other hand, Jose Pujols has played all 100 games in the field this season in right field for Lakewood.
The Phillies, along with Rhys Hoskins who has hit 35 home runs this season, appear to have three of the top power bats in all of minor league baseball. Cozens leads all of the minors in home runs with 37 and Pujols leads all of low A ball in long balls with 23.
Down here in Clearwater, we are looking forward to watching Jose Pujols take it deep next season in the Florida State League while Cozens and Hoskins should hitting long balls shortly in the major leagues.