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Dilly, Dilly! Dylan Cozens seizes weekly IL Honor

Dylan Cozens
Dylan Cozens watches one of his two home runs against the Columbus Clippers on July 28, 2018. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

Lehigh Valley slugger Dylan Cozens helped keep his club firmly in control of the International League North Division this week as he hit .476 and was tops in the League with four home runs, four doubles, 13 RBI, six runs scored, 26 total bases, and a 1.238 slugging percentage. He went deep twice in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep over Columbus, bringing him into a tie atop the League leaderboard for the season with 18 dingers. Cozens produced a pair of three-hit games this week to bring his batting average to its highest point (.251) since early May.

Cozens has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, hitting .414 (12-for-29). On the season, his 18 home runs have him tied for the IL lead with teammate Mitch Walding and Toledo’s Christin Stewart. Lehigh Valley leads the IL in home runs with Cozens, Walding and Joey Meneses providing the brunt of the power.

The 24-year-old outfielder is in his seventh season as a professional player since being selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2012 draft. He was an All-Star in his first season at the Triple-A level in 2017 and made his major league debut earlier this season for the Phillies, seeing action in twelve games. Since being optioned out by the Phillies, Cozens  is hitting .317 (20-for-63) with eight home runs, 23 RBI, eight doubles, 11 walks and 13 runs scored.

Cozens is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The IronPigs have now garnered five weekly awards from the International League with Joey Meneses and Cole Irvin each winning the award twice.

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