Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
You keep harping on this age thing when it's quite clear that a good number of us absolutely could not care less about it. He was still a rookie, 26 or not. He will get better with more MLB experience.
And yeah, Cozart didn't hit for any kind of average and he didn't get on base much, but he still showed good power for a SS.
By the way, Cozart has shown more than Gregorious has ever dreamed of to this point. Gregorious has some kind of mythical power potential. Cozart has actual power.
Sure. Most 26 year olds are better than most 22 year olds. I don't care what a good number of you think about him being an old rookie. Your assumption that he will get better with more experience may be true. But history of thousands of players just like him suggest it won't be by much and that the guy he is today is very likely close to the best he is going to ever be.
I also doubt that Gregorius has sat back and dreamt of his future and thought "Man, I bet in my best dream possible I can't hit .250 or get on base 29% of the time".
Gregorius doesn't have mythical power. He hit 6 home runs in 200 AAA at bats last season. He isn't Zack Cozart in the power department. Cozart has average power. Gregorius may have average shortstop power. There is a difference and Cozart undoubtedly has an edge there.
I really am done with all of this stuff though.
Within two seasons, Gregorius is going to be better than Cozart is. The Reds need to address their complete lack of actual shortstops behind Cozart. The Reds don't have a starting center fielder on their roster. I am glad we acquired Choo, even at the expense of Gregorius. The Reds offense is going to be awful good in 2013. /dougdirt in this thread.