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Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro were among the year-end award winners for the Reading Fightins

With Reading putting together a huge season, there were a lot of nominees for the team awards. The difficult task of determining the team's MVP was made a little easier when Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins were named co-MVP winners.

It's only appropriate the the duo of players nicknamed the Bash Brothers would walk away sharing the team MVP Award for the Reading Fightins. Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins shared the honor as one of the awards given to Reading players at the end of the 2016 season. Cozens also won the team's Big Stick Award.

Here are all of the winners:

FirstEnergy Reading Fightin Phils Co-MVPs – Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins

Reading outfielder Dylan Cozens hit .276, with 38 doubles, three triples, 40 home runs, 125 RBI, 106 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 134 games this season. The slugger led all of Minor League Baseball in homers (38), total bases (308) and extra-base hits (81), RBI (125). He also led the Eastern League in slugging percentage (.591)

Reading first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit .251 with 26 doubles, 38 home runs, 116 RBI and 95 runs scored in 135 games in his Double-A debut for the Fightins this season. Hoskins, who is rated by as the 13th best prospect in the Philadelphia organization, led the Eastern League with a .943 OPS, and was second in the EL in homers (38), RBI (116), total bases (282), extra-base hits (65), slugging percentage (.566), runs scored (95) and walks (71).

The Bash Brothers left their mark on history this season with both of the sluggers tying or beating the single-season home run record of Darin Ruf, who hit 38 home runs in 2012. Cozens also broke Ruf's record of 303 total bases from that same season and bested Greg Luzinski’s single-season RBI record of 120, which was accomplished in 1975. Cozens also finished one double shy of the franchise record of 39 doubles set by David Doster and Greg Jacobs.

Both Bash Brothers were named to the Eastern League All-Star Team.

FirstEnergy Pitcher of the Year - Nick Pivetta

Nick Pivetta returned to the Fightins and matured into a dominant arm out of the rotation. Before a promotion to Lehigh Valley in August, Pivetta was 11-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 22 starts for the Fightins. Upon his promotion, his wins total led all Eastern League pitchers.  Even though he hasn’t made a start in Double-A since August 7th, Pivetta finished sixth among ERA leaders at 3.41 with Reading. 

Mortgage America Big Stick Award – Dylan Cozens

Presented the player who leads the team in home runs, In the 50 years affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies, there has been no Reading Fightin Phils who has left their mark on the record book like Dylan Cozens. Cozens bested the single-season franchise home run record with 40 home runs this year.

Railroad House Player of the Game - Jorge Alfaro

Jorge Alfaro hit .285 with 15 home runs with 67 RBI in 97 games for the Fightins this season. He was named to the midseason Eastern League All-Star team in Akron, Ohio where he was the starting catcher for the Eastern Division squad, and was also named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of April 7th through April 17th.

Behind home plate, Alfaro is equally as talented. He threw out 44.0% (33-of-72) of all attempted baserunners, the second-best mark among Eastern League catchers.

“Broadway” Charlie Wagner Unsung Hero Award – KC Serna

Ever since he joined the Fightins in 2014, K.C. Serna has been a solid presence on-and-off the field for Reading. Serna hit .295 for Reading and filled in every role asked of him this year, playing seven different positions, including pitching an inning in two separate games this season. 

Pepsi Stolen Base Leader – Roman Quinn

Once again, Roman Quinn was a force on the base paths in his second season in Baseballtown. Quinn stole 31 bases once again this season to win back-to-back team stolen base leader awards. A member of the Phillies 40-man roster, Quinn hit .287 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 71 games for the Fightins in 2016.

Eugene L. Shirk Community Service Award – Harold Martinez

On top of their careers as professional baseball players, the Fightin Phils lend a hand in the Berks County community as part of the Philadelphia Phillies Community Service initiative. This season, third baseman Harold Martinez has the honor of taking home the Eugene L. Shirk Community Service Award after helping with baseball camps, hospital visits, and other community appearances. Martinez has been an active participant in every Celebrate Your Faith night and has attended several Christian camps when he’s not at the ballpark.

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