Seemingly overnight, the Phillies farm system has the pleasant problem of very good AAA and AA squads, creating a bottleneck in players moving up. Nowhere is this more acute than with two power-hitting teammates on the AA Reading Fightin’ Phils, Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens, doing their minor league impersonation of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.
The Phillies don’t see this as a problem, preferring to let their farm players experience a winning culture before moving up to The Bigs, where that culture has been lacking for the past few years. The numbers above for The Bash Brothers, as they’re known, have remained close: Cozens is hitting .286 with 32 homers, 101 RBIs, and a .986 OPS. Hoskins is hitting .284 with 33 homers, 98 RBIs, and a .953 OPS. Both csnphilly.com and philly.com have done great features on the pair.
You never really know how minor league ballplayers will fare in the majors. Ryan Howard held the home run record for Reading at 37 (hitting another 9 that year after he was called up to AAA), and his power translated well to the major league club. Howard’s record was broken by Darrin Ruf in 2012, when he belted 38 for Reading. Although he got off to a promising start with the Phils in 2013, he has struggled since. The wild thing of course is that both Hoskins and Cozens have a shot at eclipsing Ruf’s Reading record in the same year!