Phillies Prospects to Watch During the Upcoming Spring Training

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Mar 7, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (80) catches as umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) looks on during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. The Phillies won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (80) catches as umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) looks on during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. The Phillies won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; From left to right Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and top prospects pitcher Ben Lively and outfielder Dylan Cozens and first baseman Rhys Hoskins prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Smash Brothers

Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins both demolished Double-A pitchers in 2016 as they combined for 78 home runs as the two leading home-run hitters in the minors. They shared the award for the top prospect in the Phillies system in 2016.

Cozens was added to the 40-man roster this winter and Hoskins, the No. 9 first-base prospect according to MLB.com, received an invite to spring training, so both will be in the big-league camp. Both will be playing alongside the players whose positions they will later be gunning for.

Hoskins and Cozens both flashed immense power in 2016, and it will be important to see if that power carries over in 2016. Each will have a chance against major-league caliber pitching at some point this spring where they can show if they are for real.

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Phillies spring training will be loaded with prospects who are looking to be in the majors by the end of 2017, and that journey to the bigs will start down in Clearwater.

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