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38 Pete Kozma SS
Height/Weight: 6-0/170 | Birthdate: 4/11/1988 | Birthplace: Tulsa, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 837.00
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Cardinals make some roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) The Cardinals announced Sunday they recalled pitcher Kevin Siegrist and infielder Pete Kozma from Triple-A Memphis. Pitchers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons were optioned to Double-A Springfield.

Pete Kozma sent to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma has been sent to Triple-A.

Kozma was designated for assignment, but cleared waivers. He will stay in the organization and head to Triple-A. Kozma could find his way back to the majors before the season ends. He played in just four games in the majors this year.


Pete Kozma receives DFA tag from St. Louis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Shortstop Pete Kozma has been designated for assignment by the Cardinals just two days after he had been promoted from Triple-A Memphis.

The move continued a downfall for the 26-year-old Kozma, who served as a starter for most of last season. He had one hit in three at-bats with St. Louis early in 2014. He was batting just .234 for the Redbirds this year.


Cardinals place two on DL, recall two from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) The Cardinals made it official Monday, placing pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the disabled list due to shoulder injuries.

To take their spots on the roster, pitcher Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma were recalled from Triple-A Memphis. 

Carlos Martinez will take Wacha's spot in the rotation, but a replacement for Garcia hasn't been named yet.


Mark Ellis activated, Pete Kozma optioned Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis (knee) rejoined the team Tuesday at Milwaukee after playing in one rehab game for Triple-A Memphis. Pete Kozma was optioned to Memphis to clear a roster spot for Ellis, who was activated off the 15-day disabed list.

Pete Kozma doesn't seem opposed to demotion to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma started a team-high 113 games at shortstop for St. Louis during the 2013 regular season. This season, Kozma has not only failed to make a start at shortstop through 12 games -- primarily due to the arrival of free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta -- he hasn't even started a game at any other position.

Kozma is bummed about sitting on the bench and could face a demotion to Triple-A Memphis when Mark Ellis (knee) is ready to come off the disabled list. It's unusual, but Kozma doesn't appear against a demotion to the minors.

"It’s always nice to play. I think all of the other guys on the bench would say the same thing," Kozma said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It’s great to be up here. I know that. It’s nice. But it would be good to play somewhere."


Cardinals make Pete Kozma available in trade talks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Cardinals have made shortstop Pete Kozma available in trade talks, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Multiple teams are looking for an answer at the position, including the Tigers and Mets, as CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman notes in his breakdown of the market at the position. Kozma wouldn't figure to require nearly the compensation of some of the other options out there, and he could make sense for the Tigers in particular, as he posted top-five defensive numbers (in terms of UZR/150) last season.


Pete Kozma gets his turn at shortstop


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/28/2013) After sitting out Game 4 of the World Series, Pete Kozma was back in the Cardinals' lineup as the starting shortstop for Game 5 on Monday.

Kozma and Daniel Descalso have alternated at shortstop throughout the series so far, with Kozma starting the odd-numbered games.


Pete Kozma earns redemption in Game 2


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:41 pm ET) One night after making two errors in his team's Game 1 loss to the Red Sox, Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma made an impact both defensively and as a pinch runner in his team's 4-2 win in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday.

Kozma was brought on to run for David Freese with two men on the seventh, swiping third base as part of a double steal to put two men in scoring position with just one out. He stayed in to play shortstop, where he committed the two errors early in Game 1. He faced no such fielding issues in Game 2, making a nice barehanded play on a deflected ball soon after entering the game.

Although Kozma is 1 for 19 between the NLCS and the World Series, the Cardinals will likely rely on him to deliver a positive impact defensively. The series shifts to St. Louis with the teams tied 1-1.


Pete Kozma commits two errors in Game 1 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma struggled with his defense in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday, committing two errors in his team's 8-1 loss to the Red Sox and finishing the game 0 for 3 at the plate.

Kozma muffed a potential double play while covering second base in the first inning, resulting in a bases-loaded, three-run double to the next batter. Kozma also couldn't keep a two-hopper in his glove while ranging to his right in the second inning, loading the bases again. Kozma was bailed out a bit when Carlos Beltran took a grand slam away from David Ortiz, but the Cardinals still ended the second inning down 5-0 and couldn't spark a rally.

Kozma will try to put the defensive miscues behind him as the Cardinals look to even the series Thursday in Boston.


Pete Kozma to start Game 5


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma will get the start for the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Kozma will finish the series with three straight starts and appears to have wrested the shortstop position away from Daniel Descalso. Kozma is 3 for 6 with a double, a steal and a walk in the series.


Pete Kozma makes impact despite Game 3 loss


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma made an impact in his first start of the NLDS Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Kozma finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and a run scored. Kozma played as a defensive replacement in Game 1 but had not taken a plate appearance until his first Sunday. However, Kozma could be back on the bench in Game 4 against a right-handed pitcher in Charlie Morton.

Pete Kozma set to make first postseason start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/6/2013) Pete Kozma was in the Cardinals' starting lineup for the first time this postseason, as he was tabbed as the starting shortstop for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Pirates on Sunday.

Kozma started 113 games at shortstop during the regular season, batting .217 with one home run and 35 RBI.


Cardinals manager 'comfortable' with shortstop situation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny refused to call the shortstop playing time situation a platoon between Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, according to MLB.com.

"No. It's just day to day and see how we feel things match up," Matheny said.

Kozma has started nine times at shortstop in August to Descalso's eight starts. Kozma started at shortstop 90 times in the team's first 106 games.

"I think we have all become more comfortable with how Danny is playing, as well and how he's swinging the bat at times," Matheny said. "You're going to see both of them in there."


Daniel Descalso stealing playing time from Pete Kozma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso started at shortstop in place of Pete Kozma Sunday against the Reds for the second time in three games. Descalso is batting .429 (6 for 14) with two home runs in his last four games, while Kozma is mired in a 3-for-22 slump in his last nine games.

"I like the way Danny looks right now," manager Mike Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He’s taking some good at-bats and he’s doing a nice job in the field, too."


Manager continues to back struggling Pete Kozma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso started for the fifth time in six games at shortstop Wednesday against the Astros, but manager Mike Matheny said he hasn't given up on starting shortstop Pete Kozma, who is mired in a 2-for-31 slump in his last 10 games.

"You can’t complain for one second what we’ve seen (defensively) from Pete Kozma," Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "And we can’t forget either a lot of the big hits that he’s had. He was as productive as anybody in the league for a while from that No. 8 spot, which is not an easy place to hit."


Pete Kozma back in lineup after making 'great' strides


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma was back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Marlins after getting three days off to work on his swing. Kozma entered play Sunday hitless in his last five games and mired in a 2-for-29 slump in his last eight games.

"He took some great steps," manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com. "It's that fine line of how much time, and I think we gave him a good amount. He got some good work in and made some great adjustments. Overall, we knew going in that we wanted to give him time to get his mind right and get some work in and get him back out there to do what he's been doing."


Pete Kozma working on some things


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma was out of the lineup Thursday against the Angels, and will likely get more time off in the next few days, to work on his swing. Manager Mike Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday he wants Kozma to put in extra time on his offensive game, as it has fallen behind his work in the field.

"That's the message that I gave him," Matheny said. "Very proud and happy how he's gone about his job at shortstop. After that we want him to feel confident (at the plate). It's what we have to do to get Pete right. We really want Pete to understand that this is a move to get him right and get him to be the player we know he can be."

Kozma is hitting .236 on the season after a six-game hitless streak on the team's recent road trip. He is hitting .177 over the last 32 games, and has seen his on-base percentage drop to .281 overall.

Despite the days off, Kozma is expected to return to the starting lineup soon, and has not lost his hold on the shortstop job.


Pete Kozma breaks out of slump vs. Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma snapped out of his 3-for-33 funk with three RBI Friday night against the Reds.

Kozma singled in a run in the fourth and doubled in two more in the sixth. He finished 2 for 4 with one run scored in a 9-2 victory. He is hitting .250/.305/.310 with one home run and 24 RBI in 59 games played.

Aggressiveness hurting Pete Kozma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2013) Since a four-hit performance May 26 against the Dodgers, Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma has been in a 4-for-38 slump, dropping his season average from .278 to .245.

Kozma, who has been in the starting lineup all but four times in 59 games, said he isn't tired, but rather his struggles are likely due to chasing too many pitches outside the strike zone.

"Some of these guys have been pitching me pretty good," Kozma told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "They’ve been getting some calls, or whatever. I’m not being as aggressive as I should be in the (strike) zone, which is probably causing me to be more aggressive outside of the zone. It happens. How you deal with it is how you overcome it."


Pete Kozma records four hits vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma had a bases-clearing double in the second, singled in the fourth and doubled in the seventh and ninth. He finished 4 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI in a 5-3 victory Sunday against the Dodgers.

It was the first four-hit performance of his major-league career and the first time he has doubled more than once in a game. He is hitting .366 with eight RBI in his last eight games.

Pete Kozma making more contact at plate


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma is working on a four-game hitting streak thanks in part to his ability to make more contact at the plate. After striking out nine times in his first 11 games, Kozma has struck out just twice in 24 at-bats over his last eight games while walking four times.

He takes a .262/.306/.369 line in 72 plate appearances into a weekend series against the Pirates in St. Louis that begins Friday.


Pete Kozma struggles in return to lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma was back in the starting lineup Thursday after receiving Wednesday off but couldn't manage to get anything going in an 0-for-3 performance.

Kozma, who is 1 for 11 in his last three games, has hit .250/.255/.396 in 51 plate appearances this season.


Pete Kozma seeing too much Fantasy playing time


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4/10/2013) Entering Wednesday's game against the Reds, Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma was sporting a .300 batting average and an CBSSports.com Fantasy ownership rate that had more than doubled from opening day. Now owned in 30 percent of our leagues and starting in 21 percent, Kozma's appeal has moved beyond NL-only leagues.

Despite his high average, that just shouldn't be the case. He doesn't have a history of good power numbers, even though he tends to hit flyballs at a high rate. In the upper minors, Kozma never hit higher than .243, because too many of those flies never left the infield. The trend has continued in the early going this season, as he has already been popped up four times.

Take away just two of his hits and his average would have been .233. That's the fun of early-season sample sizes, but as his at-bats mount, Kozma's batting average will probably land around .230 or maybe even lower. With few extra-base hits and stolen bases to add to that, he will have little value in Fantasy, even for NL-only owners.


Pete Kozma continues to heat up


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2013) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma enjoyed another solid performance as he plated two runs during Sunday's series finale against the Giants.

Kozma singled in a run in the fourth inning and scored another through a sacrifice fly in the ninth. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a 14-3 victory.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is trying to downplay Kozma's solid start. Kozma, who is filling in for an injured Rafael Furcal, is hitting .333/.346/.500 with a home run and five RBI through his first six games.

"We're trying to make everybody leave him alone and not make a big deal about it," Matheny said. "We like what we've seen and what we saw last year. I told him this, too: 'This is the only guy I know. So just keep doing what you do.'"