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Dylan Cozens went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs and a walk for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.
The two homers boosted Cozens' total to 21 for the season, allowing him to pass teammate Rhys Hoskins for the International League lead. Hoskins is viewed as the more complete prospect of the two due to his superior contact skills, but both could be bound for the majors in the second half as the rebuilding Phillies look to evaluate some of their younger talent. Cozens' strikeout (31.8 percent) and walk (9.3 percent) rates aren't far off what he posted in his breakout campaign with Double-A Reading in 2016, but a 50-point drop in BABIP has saddled him with a .238 average this season.
Dylan Cozens is hitting .237/.300/.500 with 13 home runs and three stolen bases in 190 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Cozens got off to a horrible start in April, but hit .330/.386/.689 with nine home runs in May. He also struck out at 44.9 percent clip in April, but cut that back to 26.8 percent in May. That is still a lofty strikeout rate, but a little more tolerable, especially with the power production. Cozens is likely to spend the full season at Triple-A in order to continue to refine his approach at the plate, but he could force the Phillies to reconsider if he carries his recent production into the summer months.