Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
I get what you are saying and I absolutely love Hamilton, his talent is off the charts good. That said I think perhaps people are underestimating Cozarts ceiling a bit, I don't know that Hamilton's ultimate ceiling is that far ahead. Cozart has something going for him that Hamilton may or may not eventually have, decent power. A reasonably solid equalizer to Hamilton's speed and range. Also it's not as if Cozart is devoid of speed himself.
And that he is on the cusp of proving himself (or not) at the highest level while Hamilton is so far away yet I gotta concur with mace to the letter on this one.
Cozart has a career .739 OPS in the minors. For a SS, that's not terrible, but relative to a guy that has better speed, a better throwing arm and top notch athletic ability so far and 5 years younger with thus far similar production (.726 OPS in over 500 PAs), it seems like the upside far wins out.
This is no knock on Cozart. I think he's a "safe" player. But we're talking about, in theory, the fourth best prospect in the organization. Cozart can be a solid major league shortstop, IMHO. But Hamilton could wind up being a great major league shortstop.
If Cozart's numbers were far superior, it could outweigh some of that upside. But while Cozart has displayed more home run power, their OPS has still been nearly identical.