Phillies: 24 Departed Players from 2019 Major League Roster
OF Dylan Cozens (Rays, Minors)
- Philadelphia Phillies (2018-19)
- Tampa Bay Rays (2019 – Present)
Dylan Cozens, once considered to be on the same level as first baseman Rhys Hoskins, jointly labeled “Bash Brothers” while members of the Double-A Reading Fightin’ Phils, it turns out only one would succeed in the majors in red pinstripes.
Cozens simply could not translate his success in the minors to the majors, collecting only six hits through 27 games and 45 plate appearances. Two of those hits were doubles, and another a home run.
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The Scottsdale, Arizona, native collected only one plate appearance in 2019, before undergoing season-ending surgery in May to remove a bone spur and repair cartilage in his left big toe.
The Phillies ultimately released Cozens on August 2, 2019, and less than a week later, he signed a two-year minor-league pact with the Tampa Bay Rays. Combined in the minors in 2019, he powered eight home runs and 18 RBI across 29 games and 120 plate appearances.
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Cozens is currently listed on the Triple-A Durham Bulls roster, with no invitation to big-league camp. He will be most remembered for his 2016 Double-A campaign, in which he slugged 40 home runs and 125 RBI in just 134 games.