Being a highly-touted MLB prospect isn't always a lucrative existence.
Take the young slugger Dylan Cozens who bashed 40 home runs in the Phillies farm system for double-A Reading last season.
According to Philly.com's Matt Breen, Cozens earned roughly $8,500 for the 5 month long season. That's not exactly rolling in it.
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Good news for Cozens today, however, because he almost doubled that total by havin the most home runs of any minor leaguer. That earned him a check for $8,000.
Cozens joked during the luncheon that he made more Monday than he did all of last season. The rightfielder earned roughly $1,700 per month last season. Minor league players are only paid during their five-month season, which means Cozens made roughly $8,500 last season.
“I don’t know if it's true, it’s a joke. Not to be taken too seriously,” Cozens said. “But yeah, $8000 will make shopping this holiday season a lot easier.
Cozens also spoke about the report that he punched a teammate during winter league, noting it was just boys being boys and telling reporters they've moved past it.
Phillies' Dylan Cozens notes $8,000 award for most HR in MiLB is more than his salary last season at Winter Meetings awards luncheon.— Brandon Liebhaber (@B_Liebhaber) December 5, 2016