After thinking about it some more, I think I'd put Sappelt ahead of Cozart, too. It clearly won't make a difference, though.
I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I'm another one who's been voting Cozart for a while now. As I understand it, he has four plus-tools, with hitting for average being the only one that lags behind a bit (of course that's the one the casual fan focuses on, so he'll never be a fan favorite). If he can hit .240 in the majors, he can be an asset as a starting shortstop.
I see him as a #8 hitter, but a #8 hitter with enough pop to drive some runs in and not leave them for the pitcher's spot, which is kind of handy.
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I could see a Rookie Campaign of .315/.390/.705 (12 to 15 HR) with 10 to 15 E's in the field. That would be a large improvement over what the Reds have gotten out of the SS position in 5+ years.
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Voted Sappelt. Also we could have skipped this entirely predictable result after the last round.
I also can't quite agree with the assessments that Cozart and Sappelt are a wash defensively. Until recently, Sappelt's arm was considered a liability in center field. It may have improved, for whatever reason, but the consensus seems to be that Cozart is a better SS than Sappelt is a CF. And while CF is a vital position defensively, it's not quite SS. It demands a little more bat.
I'll apologize for the comment about our skipping this round. It's just that the way the votes have been breaking, it's obvious we've got a tremendous gap in votes between 9 and 10. I enjoy the discussion as much as anybody and am not in any hurry to see the poll over with. It's just been obvious for several rounds that the consensus has been that Frazier-Francisco-Cozart are way out ahead of whoever is to come 10th.
Maybe this is totally off-base, but could Cozart be a Ron Oester type of player who never is a star, but sticks around for a while with a good glove and a lesser bat, perhaps as an 8-hole hitter as mentioned above?
It sounds like he has more power than Ron and SS is a more important position than 2B so it's not a perfect comparison, but is it reasonable? Or am I underestimating Cozart's potential?