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2 Zack Cozart SS
Height/Weight: 6-0/195 | Birthdate: 8/12/1985 | Birthplace: Memphis, TN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: Mississippi | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $527,500 | Owned/Started%: 89/71 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Reds move Brandon Phillips to top of order over Zack Cozart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Red manager Bryan Price inserted second baseman Brandon Phillips into the leadoff spot for Friday's contest against the Indians. It's the first time since Sept. 25, 2014, he's at the top of the order.

Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds stick with Zack Cozart leading off, Billy Hamilton eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Giants but not leading off for the first time this season.

Hamilton, who was not in the lineup Saturday, has started 33 of the team's 37 games and led off in every one, but he'll bat ahead of the pitcher Sunday. He's hit .212/.264/.336 with three home runs, six RBI, 22 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 137 at-bats.

Shortstop Zack Cozart drew his first start in the leadoff role Saturday after three games as the No. 2 hitter, and though he went 0 for 3, he did draw two walks in his team's loss to the Giants. He has hit .310/.364/.543 with six home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored and three stolen bases in 116 at-bats.

The Reds are favorites (-112) against the Giants at home Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds shortstop Zack Cozart impressing coaches early on


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has been on a tear this season. The 29-year-old .319 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 113 at-bats to start the year, something that has caught manager Bryan Price's eye, according to Cincinnati.com.

"He's been great," Price said. "I've said it a lot this year because he had such a tough year last year, and got off to such a slow start and really had to find his way. I've never seen him look like this."

Cozart has battled through wrist and finger injuries to start the year as well.

"Towards the end of 2013 he was starting to hit the ball really well to right field, then he struggled with that last year," Price said. "He's back at it. Not just base hits in front of the right fielder, but gap shots to right center and really driving the ball."

Cozart credits his hot start to being more aggressive.

"Not going up there looking to take a lot of pitches and fall behind in the count," Cozart said. "Last year I felt like I got 0-1 and 0-2 a lot without even swinging the bat. This year I'm on the attack. I'm actually seeing a lot better pitches to hit, for that reason.


Reds SS Zack Cozart batting leadoff Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has not batted leadoff this season - until Saturday. He has been placed in that spot against San Francisco in the absence of Billy Hamilton.

Cozart began the year in the eighth spot and has since generally batted second. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 starts to sweeten his slash line to a fine .319./.363/.558.


Reds SS Zack Cozart returns to lineup on Wednesday vs. Braves


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Reds shorstop Zack Cozart is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Braves. Cozart was scratched on Monday with soreness in his wrist. Cozart missed a few games earlier this month with a wrist injury, but he appears to be ready to go and is batting second on Wednesday.

Kris Negron will slide over to second base with Brandon Phillips unable to go due to a toe injury. 


Reds' Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (wrist) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

Cozart was scratched Monday due to wrist soreness and replaced by Kris Negron, who is at shortstop Tuesday and batting seventh. Manager Bryan Price does not believe Cozart will require a stint on the disabled list.

"Not at this point in time," Price said, per MLB.com. "We haven't gotten that type of feedback from Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. He could be in there [Wednesday]. That's where we are. He's been getting some treatment. I was certainly hoping there would be more improvement from yesterday to today, and there wasn't. We'll make sure we check all avenues to make sure there isn't something more significant."

Mesoraco has been limited to pinch-hit duty by a hip injury for most of the season.

The Reds are favorites (-145) against the Braves Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds scratch SS Zack Cozart from Monday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was pulled from Monday's game against the Braves just before game time, reports MLB.com.

Cozart was scratched from the lineup due to a sore left wrist. Infielder Kris Negron will start in place of Cozart at shortstop and bat seventh.


Zack Cozart returns to Reds' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart returns to the starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. 

Cozart had missed the last the last three games due to a finger injury after being hit by a pitch on Sunday. He was supposed to return on Friday night, but the game was postponed due to rain. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) returns to starting lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is back in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the White Sox. Cozart had missed the last the last three games due to a finger injury after being hit by a pitch on Sunday. Cozart had been rolling along before the injury, going 10 for his last 38, including a home run, a double and a triple in that stretch. 

Kris Negron, who had been handling shortstop duties while Cozart was out, is playing first base on Friday for the suspended Joey Votto. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart, C Devin Mesoraco both out Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Two key Reds players remain out of the lineup for the Thursday game in Pittsburgh. Both shortstop Zack Cozart (finger) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are sidelined.

Cozart was removed from the Sunday game and has yet to return. He was able to take batting practice Thursday and made 40 throws Wednesday, reports MLB.com.

"There is still inflammation in there right now, but it just feels way better. I swung, took soft toss, and did my normal routine and it felt really good," Cozart said. "Swinging was obviously my biggest concern and [Thursday] was a good day, so far at least."

Manager Bryan Price did not rule out Cozart playing in Friday's game, reports MLB.com.

"I think it's more realistic to look and see where he is [Friday] as far as a potential start," Price said.

Mesoraco has played sparingly since April 11 and is considering surgery, which would take him away from the Reds for about a month.


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) not able to start Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart remained out of the starting lineup on Wednesday. Cozart also missed Tuesday's game due to a finger injury sustained on Sunday. Kris Negron started at shortstop for the second straight game. 

"It's better than it was [Tuesday], way better," Cozart said. "I took one of our machines home and iced like six times last night and this morning with compression. So, it's getting better. I would think I would be back sooner than later."


Reds' Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (finger) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Cozart sustained a finger injury while misplaying a groundball Sunday. It's the first time this season that the Reds haven't used him at shortstop to start the game. Kris Negron, who replaced Cozart Sunday, will bat seventh and play the position. Manager Bryan Price did say that Cozart is available to play Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mesoraco hasn't been in the starting lineup since the fifth game of the season but could see some starts later this week at designated hitter when the Reds play in an American League park.

The Reds are underdogs (+135) in Pittsburgh Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) leaves Sunday's game, X-rays negative


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game in Atlanta with an injured finger on his right hand but X-rays were negative, the team has announced. 

Cozart injured the finger while misplaying a ground ball and committing an error.

Kris Negron replaced Cozart at shortstop, his first appearance at that position this season. 

Cozart has started every game for the Reds this season at shortstop.


Zack Cozart's three-hit game leads Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 3 for 5 and scored twice in Saturday's win over Atlanta. 

Cozart hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to cap the Reds' scoring for the day, giving him five home runs and 12 RBI this season. He scored twice and improved his average to .308.


Reds' Zack Cozart batting second for second straight game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is batting second for the second straight game in Tuesday's matchup against the Brewers.

Cozart was a fixture in the No. 8 spot during the first two seasons, but a spate of excellent play recently earned him his first look in the second slot Thursday. After two more days hitting in the bottom third of the lineup, he's slotted second in each of the team's first two games against the Brewers this season. Cozart has hit .300/.333/.557 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 70 at-bats.

The Reds are heavy favorites (-190) against the Brewers Tuesday with Johnny Cueto on the mound.


Reds SS Zack Cozart looks to awaken bat vs. Brewers


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is mired in a 2-for-15 slump, but he hopes to get his bat back on track as Cincinnati opens a series with the Brewers beginning Monday. 

Cozart has seven career home runs vs. Milwaukee, the most he's hit against any team. In four games this season against the Brewers, Cozart is hitting .313 with three homers and six RBIs. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart smacks pair of HRs in win over Milwaukee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart smacked a pair of home runs in a game for the first time since April 5, 2013. He took Tyler Thornburg deep in the fifth inning for a two-run shot, and Neal Cotts deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning, leading his team to a 16-10 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Cozart has four home runs over his last four games. He added a single and finished 5 for 3 with three runs scored, two home runs and three RBI. He is hitting .353/.389/.647 on the year.


Reds shortstop Zack Cozart cracks second homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 1 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 6-1 win over the Brewers Monday. 

His one hit was key though, as he broke the game wide open with a three-run home run over the left field wall in the sixth inning off Wily Peralta to give the Reds a 4-0 lead. It was Cozart's second home run of the year and now boasts a .326 average with five RBI in 46 at-bats.


Zack Cozart homers for Reds in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Zack Cozart went 3 for 4 with a home run in the Reds' 5-2 Saturday loss at St. Louis.

Cozart hit his first home run of the year, with a solo shot in the fifth inning. He has two RBI on the year and is hitting .368.


Reds' Price: No competition between Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday there is no competition at shortstop between Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez, reports the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Cozart was the starting shortstop for the team most of last season, hitting .221 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 506 plate appearances. While Suarez hit .242 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart corrected glitch in swing during offseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart told reporters he compared videos of his swing from last season to the days where his power numbers were up and noticed a glitch, per MLB.com. Cozart noted that his front shoulder was not turning correctly, and it was "easy to fix" for this season.

"I looked to find that one little thing I was doing different. It was something really small and it was an easy fix," Cozart said. "That's a huge positive when you find something like that."

Cozart will likely bat eighth in the order this season. Last season, he hit just .221 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 2014. He is a lifetime .243 hitter over his first four seasons in the majors.


Reds shortstop Zack Cozart to make $2.35M in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Reds and shortstop Zack Cozart avoided arbitration Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Cozart's 2014 salary was $600,000.

Cozart hit just .221 with four home runs and 38 RBI in 2014. He is a career .243 hitter over four seasons in the majors.


Reds' Cozart will have to improve offensively to keep starting job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) While Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has maintained Zack Cozart is the team's starting shortstop, despite the acquisition of Eugenio Suarez, apparently Cozart will have to become a better offensive player or fear losing his starting job.

"Cozart hasn't had much competition in past years. He has to improve offensively to continue to be an everyday shortstop," Jocketty said, per MLB.com. "Defensively, he is as good as anyone in either league, but he needs to improve offensively."

The 29-year-old Cozart hit just .221 with four home runs, 18 doubles and 38 RBI in 147 games in 2014. He has a career .243/.281/.365/.646 slash line in 447 games.


Suarez trade doesn't change Cozart's status as Reds' top shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Although the Reds acquired shortstop Eguenio Suarez in a trade with the Tigers on Thursday, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty stressed Zack Cozart is still the team's starting shortstop, per MLB Network Radio.

"Cozart is our opening day shortstop and he's one of the best in the league," Jocketty said.


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.