Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
I went with the big lefty Matt Maloney at #17. Maloney has a big durable frame at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and is capable of being a durable innings eater. He's got a strong minor league track record with a 3.40 ERA in 522.2 innings, a 7.69 H/9, 0.76 HR/9, 3.12 BB/9, and 9.21 K/9. Stuff wise, he's got an 87-90 mph fastball to go along with what Baseball America calls a plus changeup and a solid breaking ball. If things fall in place, he could potentially develop into a Paul Maholm type starter at the back of a rotation, IMO.
Overall minor league statistics include his work at low levels. In Maloney's case, I think his work at the higher minor league levels deserves separate focus.
Maloney's AAA ERA last year was 4.68. That ERA was coupled with 18 homers allowed in 140 innings. The previous year, Maloney allowed 19 home runs in 170 innings, a better rate but still an obvious issue, particularly for a pitcher vying for GABP.
Cozart had a decent offensive year at Dayton last year, although he turned 23 during the season so he will have to advance relatively quickly. I agree that he is one of the few position players in the organization (above the rookie leagues) who looks like a possible starter at a premium defensive position. Cozart is not noted for his bat, but he did hit .280 with 40 extra base hits last year with an ok .787 OPS.
I vote for Cozart.