Cozens, Hernandez Named Top Players of the Week

Outfielder Dylan Cozens of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and pitcher Jakob Hernandez of the Clearwater Threshers were named the Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

The 23-year old Cozens hit four home runs, including three in one game against Syracuse on May 2nd. The three home runs in one game are a franchise record for Lehigh Valley. The lefty hitter posted a 1.245 OPS with a .370 average, six RBI and five runs scored in seven games between April 30 and May 6.

Hernandez, 21, made two relief appearances covering 4 1/3 innings of work, recording nine strikeouts among the 13 outs that he recorded. He allowed just three hits and didn’t walk a batter. On the season, he has a 4.02 ERA with 24 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings of work for Clearwater this season.

Both players were drafted by the Phillies, with Cozens being taken in the second round of the 2012 Draft and Hernandez selected in the 21st round of the 2017 Draft.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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