The first five weeks of the season weren’t particularly good for Dylan Cozens. After last weekend’s series in Buffalo, Cozens was batting just .172 with five home runs and 20 RBI. He was looking like a current day version of Dave Kingman, hitting either a home run or striking out. Something clicked when the IronPigs returned home last Monday for a seven-game homestand, and Cozens took off.
During the homestand, Cozens hit .393 (11-for-28), with four home runs, eight RBI and an .857 slugging percentage. The numbers were good enough for the International League to take notice, and name Cozens their Batter of the Week. The Pitcher of the Week honors went to Durham’s Yonny Chirinos (2-0, 1.15).
Cozens’ numbers were good enough to lead the league in home runs (4) and total bases (24). He also finished second in slugging (.857) and his eight RBI and eight runs scored were both tied for second in the league. Of the four home runs that Cozens hit during the week, two of them were walk-off home runs for Lehigh Valley. On Wednesday, he lifted the IronPigs to a 2-1 win over Rochester with a solo home run in the 11th inning. On Friday night, he beat Buffalo with a 12th inning leadoff home run on the first pitch of the inning. The fourth home run of Cozens’ week came on Sunday, when he launched a 469-foot home run, the longest ever hit in the history of Coca-Cola Park.
The week was good enough to put Cozens into a tie for the IL lead in home runs (9) with teammate Rhys Hoskins and leave him tied for second in the league with 28 RBI on the season.
Cozens, 22, won Minor League Baseball’s Joe Bauman Home Run Award last season and was the Eastern League MVP. He and Hoskins were also named co-winners of the Phillies Paul Owens Award as the best minor league players in the organization in 2016.