Future 'Pigs Shine In Spring Training Debut

Cozens, Quinn Homer In Phillies Spring Training Opener

By Eric Hall / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | February 23, 2017 4:45 PM ET

Two potential future IronPigs stole the show in the Phillies first spring training game of 2017. Outfielders Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens both homered in the team's 6-0 win against the University of Tampa Spartans Thursday afternoon at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fl.

Cozens notched the Phillies first run of the game as he sent a sacrifice fly to center field to score Quinn from third to put the Phillies on top 1-0 after one.

Quinn, the Phillies seventh-best prospect according to Baseball America, launched a solo home run to right field to increase the lead to 2-0 after three.

After Hector Gomez singled to left to score Chace Numata to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the fourth, Cozens showed his power in the fifth as he sent a two-run shot to center scoring J.P. Crawford to give the Phillies a 5-0 lead.

The Phillies would add another run in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by Spartans second baseman Garret Back. The error by Back allowed Cameron Perkins to score to stretch the Phillies lead to 6-0 after six.

Seven Phillies pitchers each pitched an inning in the shutout victory over the Spartans including potential future Iron Pigs Matt Leiter, Miguel Nunez, Pedro Beato and Michael Mariot.

After surrendering a single and a hit batsman to begin the seventh, Mariot settled into a grove and struck out the next three batters to end the game and preserve the Phillies 6-0 shutout.

Cozens, the Phillies 10th-best prospect according to Baseball America, went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI while Quinn also went 2-for-3 with a home run and added an RBI and two runs scored.

The Phillies next spring training game will be Friday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner field in Tampa and the Phillies will send right-hander Alec Asher (0-0, 0.00) to the mound. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

View More