One of the top stories about Phillies spring training this season is not just the Bryce Harper story. Something will give one way or the other very soon with him and the Phillies. Another interesting story is out there about another left-handed hitting right fielder, Dylan Cozens. He has been impressive so far in the Phillies camp. Dylan is starting his eighth season in the Phillies organization. Only last season did he make a brief MLB debut.
In Sunday’s game, Cozens hit one of the longest home runs in the history of Joker-Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. In the first three games of spring training, he has gone 4 for 5 with two doubles to go along with his tape measure home run and a stolen base. Cozens might be on his way to something special this season. See where his tape measure home run landed in Sunday’s game below:
The Phillies did not play Cozens in Monday’s spring training game but he told Phillies TV field reporter Gregg Murphy that he came in at a bulked up 270 lbs. to start the 2018 Phillies spring training. He changed his off-season workout routine this winter to be more explosive. It has worked so far. He is now listed at 235 lbs. on the Phillies 40-man 2019 roster and he looks slimmed down and ready to go in the early action, see below:
If Harper does not sign with the Phillies, they just might have a Plan B with Dylan Cozens in right field.