Cozens, Hoskins continue to put on power show

Phillies prospects showing off slugging ways for Double-A Reading

Cozens, Hoskins continue to put on power show

Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins' assault on Eastern League pitching continued Thursday in Double-A Reading's 12-8 win over Bowie.

Cozens and Hoskins combined to go 5-for-7 with four homers and seven RBIs from the Nos. 3 and 4 spots of Reading's lineup.

"You could kind of see it in batting practice, that it would be a good night of hitting," Hoskins told "It was a good air for it and the shadows weren't bad."

Hoskins, No. 13 on the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects list, went 2-for-3 with two homers and leads the Minor Leagues with 33 homers, but his teammate is not far behind.

Minor League HR leaders
# Player Team (Org)
33 Rhys Hoskins Reading (PHI)
32 Dylan Cozens Reading (PHI)
27 Hunter Renfroe El Paso (SD)
26 Daniel Palka Rochester (MIN)
25 Travis Demeritte Carolina (ATL)

Cozens, the Phillies' No. 7 prospect, hit three homers on Wednesday and two more Thursday -- including an eighth inning grand slam -- to bring his total to 32.

"I've never been around someone with as much raw power as him," Hoskins told "We've been going back and forth all season. One of us will give the other one a look or a smile, or give the other a hard time in the dugout. It's been fun and helping us both relax at the plate."

The two had fed off each other's success all season and have combined for eight homers over the past two games, including back-to-back blasts in the third inning Wednesday.

In what has been a breakout power season for each of them, the duo became the first Eastern League teammates to each hit 30 homers in a season since 1981.

Entering the 2016 campaign, Cozens' career high for homers was 16, while Hoskins' was 17.

William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.