Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1
Cozart is quietly having a very nice rookie season. He's been an above average fielder and base runner. He may end up hitting 20 home runs and 40 doubles. That would be awesome for a rookie shortstop! His problem is his OBP. He's at .297. He just needs to be moved down in the order, probably to the 6 or 7 spot to really thrive.
Ideally, until his ability to get on base improves, I agree that he should bat down in the line-up. The problem, of course, is that this team is loaded with guys who need to hit 6th - 8th, and somebody has to hit 1st 2nd and 4th. I keep thinking that Cozart is going to turn the corner on the OBP issue; but, then again, isn't this pretty much what his minor league stats indicated? Don't get me wrong, however, I'm a Cozart fan - and for the first time in a while I don't feel like the SS position is an issue for the Reds. Still, with his speed and power, if he could improve his OBP enough he sure would look nice hitting 2nd.