Adam Morgan was perfect for 6 2/3 innings in a key win over the Rochester Red Wings over the weekend, turning in his second big outing of the week for Lehigh Valley. The end result was that the 26-year old was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending August 7. The left-hander delivered a pair of victories, helping the IronPigs stay in line for a postseason berth. Morgan led all IL pitchers with 14.2 innings pitched and 17 strikeouts.
In a strange situation, Morgan was Prepared to start Monday’s showdown against division-leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but was scratched late due to the possibility of rain early in the game. The weather held, and Morgan later entered in the fourth inning with the game tied 1-1. He then turned in six frames of scoreless baseball, holding the RailRiders to just three hits to pick up his fifth straight win. Back in his traditional role as a starter Saturday night against Rochester, he retired the first 20 batters he faced. The perfect game died in the seventh, but Morgan finished with a career-best 8 2/3 innings pitched and a season-high eleven strikeouts.
Since returning to Triple-A in mid-July, Morgan is now 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in five outings and is in his sixth season as a professional pitcher since being selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2011 draft. He first reached Triple-A in 2013 but a shoulder injury cost him the 2014 season. He made his big league debut last year and has appeared in 29 games for the Phillies since.
Meanwhile, in Reading, Dylan Cozens really needs to start wearing a cape and put a big "S" on the front of his uniform.
Cozens was selected as the Eastern League's Player of the Week for the second time this season. It's also the sixth time that a Reading player has been honored by the league with a weekly award.
Cozens, 22, batted .367 (11-for-30) with one double, two triples, five home runs, 14 RBI, seven runs scored, one stolen base, three walks and a 1.033 slugging percentage in seven games for the Fightin Phils last week. The Scottsdale, Arizona native had four multiple-hit games during the week, including having his first career three home run game and driving in a career-high seven runs in Reading’s 13-0 victory over the visiting Bowie Baysox on Wednesday night. He followed that up by hitting two home runs and driving in five runs in a 12-8 win over Bowie on Thursday.
Among Eastern League hitters, Cozens led all Eastern League players in home runs (5), RBI (14), slugging percentage (1.033), extra-base hits (8) and total bases (31) last week and tied for the league lead in triples (2). He also ranked among the weekly leaders in OPS (1.458-third), runs scored (7-tied third), hits (11-tied third) and stolen bases (1-tied sixth).
Cozens, who is batting .287 with an MiLB-leading 103 RBI and 32 home runs in 107 games for the Fightins this season, was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.