Dylan Cozens, an outfield prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers, has announced that he is giving up baseball in order to pursue a career in the NFL.
I’ve decided it’s time to chase my dream of playing in the @NFL. I want to thank the @phillies @RaysBaseball and @Brewers organizations for giving me the opportunity to play professional baseball but more importantly the people, experiences, and memories I’ll keep forever.
— Dylan Cozens (@dylancozens) June 22, 2021
Cozens had signed a minor league contract with the Brewers this past offseason. He was playing with Triple A Nashville, hitting .177/.343/.329 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Previously, Cozens was a prospect in the Phillies organization. One year, he even hit 40 home runs for their Low A team. However, Cozens was prone to high strikeouts rates and was consistently overshadowed more promising outfield talent. He was called up for part of the 2018 season as an injury replacement, but could not stick with the Phillies big league club.
After he was released by the Phillies, Cozens spent two years in the Tampa Bay Rays’ minor league system before signing with the Brewers.
Cozens played defensive end in college, but gave it up to focus on baseball. His Twitter profile says he is an outfielder in the Brewers’ organization and a NFL free agent.