Re: Who is Redszone's #4 prospect?
Originally Posted by mace
I appear to be alone on the Cozart bandwagon. Like everyone else, I'm more excited about Hamilton's prospects, but I can't in good conscience put him ahead of Cozart at this point. Cozart, in his first year at AAA, showed both power (17 HR in a tough park) and speed (30 SB) to go along with a glove that everyone seems to love. I had to ask myself if Hamilton seems likely to have a AAA season like that in, say, 2012, and decided it was questionable enough to take the bird in the hand. Cozart appears to have all the tools to be a productive starter as a big-league SS. That said, I'd like to see a few more base hits out of him.
Hamilton's next on my list.
Cozart is obviously arriving sooner, and might be a 'safer' pick, but when ranking prospects, upside is a big thing with most people and I don't know that anyone thinks Cozart's upside is anywhere near that of Hamilton. Naturally, as you say, Cozart is ahead of Hamilton because he's further into his development cycle, but the better question to ask is: what will Hamilton be like when he's at Cozart's age/level?
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