Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
He also struckout 107 times and has a career .262 BA in the minors. Unless he can flash legit enough power in the majors to keep his isoP and isoD up, his OPS will toil in the .600s.
The league-average shortstop in the NL hit .266/.325/.388 in 2010. He's gonna have to hit that to be above average. I just don't see how his offensive game inspires so much confidence here. Hamilton is nearly guaranteed to provide the same defensive/speed offering and he has a lot more upside...
First off, nothing is guaranteed with a player at the Pioneer League level. Nothing.
Second, guys with power do tend to strike out more. It's easier to avoid strikeouts when you are a 2 homer player than a 17 homer player.
Again, I wouldn't rank Cozart this high either. And it's fun to hope great athletes become great ballplayers.
But let's give some credit for achievement at the high minors levels. We'll see how the Pioneer League people do when they get there.