Originally Posted by kheidg-
Am I missing something with Cozart? He repeated single A Dayton last year and did nothing to really stand out. He is turning 24 this year and hasn't even sniffed AA. Maloney on the other hand has dominated the low minor leagues, is 25 and put up decent stats at AAA last year.
A no brainer to me...
It's Cozart's defense that makes him stand out. Unfortunately, writer's don't like to write about that, so people aren't going to pay him much attention if he doesn't have a remarkable bat. Everyone knows that Cozart is no future Manny Ramirez, but even if he can OPS at a mere .700 in the Major Leagues, he would be a starter on a lot of teams. He hit 14 homeruns and had a .457 SLG in a pitcher's league, so I think he's got a great start to proving the doubters wrong. He still has a ways to go, but how many prospects don't?
And for the record, Cozart turned 23 this year and was 22 years old for almost the entire season, not that that's worth much.