Congratulations to Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins and Ben Lively for receiving the Paul Owens Award as the best position players and pitcher in the Phillies organization. They put up some of the best numbers of any player in MLB minor league baseball.
Cozens led all minor league players in homers with 40 and 125 RBIs. Hoskins was second with 38 homers and 116 RBIs. Plus, they each homered once in four playoff games and Cozens added three more RBIs and Hoskins added two more RBIs in the post season.
Lively led all minor league pitcher going 18-5 between Reading and Lehigh Valley and went 0-1 in the playoffs allowing two runs in a 7.2 inning start in the post season.
Since the position player award was split between left-handed and right-handed bats, I would have included lefty starting pitcher Elniery Garcia as a co-winner of the pitching award go with the righty, Ben Lively. Garcia went 13-4 including the only win for Reading in the Eastern League playoffs.
During the regular and post seasons Lively and Garcia had similar ERAs. Lively pitched to a 2.69 ERA in the regular season and a 2.35 ERA in the playoff game. Garcia pitched to a 2.68 ERA in the Florida State League regular season and a 3.00 ERA in the E.L. playoff game.
While Lively won 18 games compared to Garcia’s 13 games, Garcia lost only four games while Lively was charged with six losses.
Read HERE about the Owens Awards and included in the post are videos of a Cozens and Hoskins home run and a Lively strikeout.
Watch a video of Garcia’s 11 strikeouts in his final game of the FSL regular season HERE.
Baseball Betsy and I would have been excited actually to watch the final several weeks of the 2016 Phillies season if Cozens, Hoskins, Lively and Garcia had been added to the 40-man roster and played and pitched in the MLB as September call-ups.
These four guys clearly proved on the field as the 2016 minor league season wrapped up, they are “the best they have” in the minor league system.