Cozens, Hoskins and Lively Are The Phillies Minor League Players Of The Year, But Why Not Include Elniery Garcia Too?

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.

The Bash Brothers-Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens (Photo courtesy ofDON HOLOHAN/FOR PHILLYVOICE)

The Bash Brothers-Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens (Photo courtesy ofDON HOLOHAN/FOR PHILLYVOICE)

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.

Ben Lively

Ben Lively

Watch videos of Cozens home run in Reading and Hoskins home run at Citizens Bank Park in the two Phillies Futures games just before the start of the 2016 season.  HERE and HERE.

Elniery Garcia

Elniery Garcia

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.

 

 

 

 

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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 Cozens, Hoskins and Lively Are The Phillies Minor League Players Of The Year, But Why Not Include Elniery Garcia Too?

  1. Romus says:

    Agree….Elniery Garcia was deserving also of splitting the award with Ben Lively. Of course competition will be tough in 2017 with Kilome, Sanchez, Tirado and Medina all looking to be real big break out guys in higher levels, so he will need to keep up his progression in Reading next season or maybe LlHV in the second half of the year..

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