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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%: 13/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Zack Cozart returns from wrist issue Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart's sore right wrist has improved enough that he is back in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, after missing four straight games as a result of the injury. 

Zack Cozart improving, could return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was still feeling a bit of soreness in his sore right wrist Friday, but it improved enough for him to take batting practice as he inches toward a return.

Cozart missed his fourth game in a row Friday, but manager Bryan Price told MLB.com he thinks he can be back in the lineup Saturday. A cortisone injection Wednesday appears to have helped, though the soreness has lingered just a bit.

"He's also been off for five days. Just let him have a day of activity and let him swing the bat, do some baseball-related stuff," Price said before batting practice. "If everything is good, he'll be in there [Saturday]."


Zack Cozart a no-go again with wrist problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart remains absent from the lineup for the Friday night game against the Mets.

Cozart has been out for a week following paternity leave and dealing with the wrist ailment. He will return to a weak stat line of .228/.275/.304 and three home runs in 448 at-bats.


Zack Cozart sidelined by wrist issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was set to return to the team Thursday after being with his wife for the birth of their first child, but he remained in Cincinnati Wednesday to undergo tests on his sore right wrist, MLB.com reports.

"It's not inconsequential, but it's not something that's going to threaten September for him," manager Bryan Price said.

Cozart received a cortisone shot in the injured wrist, leaving him unavailable to play until at least Friday.


Zack Cozart away from the team temporarily


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Reds infielder Zack Cozart is away from the club after his wife gave birth, according to MLB.com.

Since rosters expanded, there was no need for the club to make a move to replace Cozart. He should return in a few days. Cozart is hitting .228/.275/.304 over 448 at-bats. 


Zack Cozart picks up another three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Reds infielder Zack Cozart continued to swing a hot bat Thursday, in a 7-2 win over the Cubs.

Cozart went 3 for 4 in the game, his second three-hit game in the last four. He drove in one run with a second-inning single, and then added a double later in the game, in addition to two stolen bases.

Even with eight hits in his last four games, Cozart is still hitting just .235 in the month of August, though he does have a season-high 35 RBI in the month as well. 


Zack Cozart homers, drives in four runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 8-3 win over the Indians Wednesday.

Cozart put his team on the board with a three-run home run in the second inning and delivered an RBI single in the seventh to extend the lead to 6-0. He's put together back-to-back multihit performances, but Wednesday's home run was his first since June 1. Cozart has hit .225/.275/.299 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 374 at-bats.


Zack Cozart ready to roll against Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is back in the lineup for the Friday night game against Washington after being sidelined since Tuesday with a finger ailment.

Cozart will hope to heat up upon his return. He has four hits in his last 32 at-bats and hasn't homered since June 1.


Zack Cozart absent from lineup day after hurting hand


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was absent from the starting lineup Wednesday at Milwaukee after leaving Tuesday's game due to a hand injury. Ramon Santiago took Cozart's place in the lineup Wednesday.

"It's swollen, but I think it's better," said Cozart, who was hit on the right hand Tuesday trying to bunt, per MLB.com. "I don't think hitting will be the problem. Throwing will be the problem."


Zack Cozart leaves with hand issue Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Tuesday's game due to a hand injury.

Cozart received X-rays on his hand following the game, but they came back negative. He's considered day-to-day for now. Cozart is hitting .228/.278/.297 over 333 at-bats. 


Zack Cozart catching break against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Mildly slumping Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has been benched for the Monday night game against the Cubs. Ramon Santiago will hold down the position instead.

Cozart has just four hits in his last 22 at-bats. His average has fallen to .229.


Zack Cozart finding comfort zone at the plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart entered play Sunday at San Francisco with four RBI in his first three games in the series. 

"It's nice," Cozart said, per MLB.com. "It's been probably a month and a half now that I've felt pretty good for the most part at the plate."

Cozart reaffirmed his comfort level at the plate is rising after batting .180 through the first month.

"Overall, I think I've had pretty good at-bats, consistently, for a month and a half," Cozart said. "If I keep doing that, I'll start getting hits like I did the last couple of at-bats."


Reds sitting several starters in Thursday nightcap


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Reds are resting several starters in the second game of their Thursday doubleheader. Among them are shortstop Zack Cozart, who had a key two-run single in the opener, catcher Brayan Pena and outfielder Ryan Ludwick.

Zack Cozart comes through with slump-busting game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart broke out in style Thursday afternoon against San Diego. He ended a 1-for-13 slide with three singles, including one in the sixth inning that drove in two runs and gave his team a 5-0 lead that proved to be the final score.

Cozart will need a few more big games to forge a respectable average. He is still batting just .208 on the season.


Zack Cozart totals five RBI in Cubs series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart totaled a season-high three hits during an 8-2 win Sunday against the Cubs. Among his three hits were an RBI double in the fourth inning and two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Cozart, who scored twice, had his first home run of the season Sunday. He totaled five RBI in the three-game series at Chicago.


Zack Cozart sitting Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday.

Cozart has gotten off to a slow start, collecting one hit over 23 at-bats. He'll be replaced by Ramon Santiago at short.