Re: Zack Cozart
nice work. I've only seen Cozart play 1x, while he was with the Dragons. At the time, there were questions about his bat, if it was ever good enough to translate along with his defense into a regular major leaguer. In that game, I saw Cozart get to the plate 4 times I think, he drove the ball hard twice (once for a double, another for a loud out), made one poor 1st pitch swing and popped up, and what impressed me the most was a hit and run situation that he executed perfectly, driving the ball into the gap the 2nd baseman just vacated for another hit and moving the runner from 1st to 3rd. I never got to see him get tested in the field to any length, but that 1 game convinced me that he had a pretty good idea of what to do at the plate, and enough power to drive the ball into the gaps with some regularity.
those numbers above look pretty solid for a #7 hitter type in the majors, though didn't he get off to a slow start like just about everyone else in AAA? It would be nice if he could get on base a little more and make a solid #2 hitter. As a shortstop, if Dusty is still around, he's probably going to be pencilled into the 2 hole anyways, but it sure would be nice if either Stubbs or Cozart could get on base a little more often and hit either #1 or #2 and allow the other to hit #7 ahead of the catcher. Perhaps Mes helps the lineup constrcution in a couple of years if he continues on his path to being a regular catcher worthy of a spot higher than the 8 hole. Having stubbs & Cozart hit 7/8 would provide some real solid power and defense ahead of the pitcher, as well as some speed to make those bunt situation a little easier to execute.