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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: 5 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cardinals INF Pete Kozma has three-hit game on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) A late entry into the starting lineup on Thursday, Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins. 

Kozma, a part-time player for the Cardinals, had been hitless in his last 18 at-bats, dating back to May 19. This was Kozma's first multi-hit performance since 2013.

"Pete was great offensively and defensively the play he made up the middle was just fantastic," manager Mike Matheny said, per FoxSports Midwest. "A good day all around for Pete. We needed that."


Cardinals' Matt Holliday (left arm contusion) out against Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will not play in Sunday's game against the Royals. 

Heading out to left field in his spot will be Mark Reynolds, who was the designated hitter on Saturday. Jhonny Peralta will be St. Louis' DH and Pete Kozma will play shortstop. 

In addition, outfielder Jason Heyward is out due to left hip tightness. 

Peralta will hit third, Reynolds will his hit seventh and Kozma will bat ninth. 


Jason Heyward, Matt Carpenter out of Cardinals' lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) With the Cardinals facing a left-hander on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny has loaded his lineup with right-handed bats. Both Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter will start the game on the bench, despite the fact that both men are hitting over .300 against southpaws this season. In fact, Heyward. is hitting better against lefties than righties (.368 vs. .196). 

Randal Grichuk will man right field and Pete Kozma is handling third base on Tuesday. Kolten Wong is the only left-handed bat in Matheny's starting lineup.


Matt Holliday, Jon Jay not in Cardinals' lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) As expected, the Cardinals do not have Matt Holliday or Jon Jay in their lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians. 

Holliday was plunked in the elbow yesterday, though x-rays came back negative. Jay, who has left wrist tendinitis, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. 

The Cardinals have shifted their lineup around on the diamond as a result of Holliday's absence. Mark Reynolds will play left field, Jhonny Peralta will be the designated hitter and Pete Kozma will step in at shortstop. 


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter out of lineup on Friday vs. Pirates


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup for the second conseuctive game on Friday against the Pirates. No word has been given regarding a possible injury for Carpenter, though he recently did have a bout of light headness. The Cardinals are facing a tough left-hander in Francisco Liriano on Friday, so it's likely that Mike Matheny is simply loading up on right-handers in his lineup. 

Pete Kozma is getting the start at third base while batting eighth for Matheny.


Cardinals' Kolten Wong out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Wong is getting his first break from the starting lineup in more than two weeks Sunday, with Pete Kozma filling in and batting eighth. Wong has hit .272/.322/.383 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 81 at-bats.

The Cardinals are favorites (-142) against the Pirates Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cards INF Pete Kozma to serve as emergency catcher on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) With catcher Yadier Molina day to day due to a sore knee, INF Pete Kozma caught a side session and will serve as the Cardinals' emergency catcher Saturday in Milwaukee, reports MLB.com.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee guard in Friday's win and is experiencing soreness.

Tony Cruz gets the start behind the plate for the Cards.

Pete Kozma replace Kolten Wong in Cardinals' Saturday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth.


Pete Kozma starts for Kolten Wong in Cardinals' lineup on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds. 

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth. 


Cardinals award Randal Grichuk, Pete Kozma final two bench spots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Cardinals informed outfielder Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma that they have earned the final two spots on St. Louis' bench, per MLB.com.

Grichuk is hitting .256/.373/.558 with four homers and 10 RBI over 43 at-bats this spring. Kozma .429/.432/.429 with five RBI over 42 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.

"We'll find out [Grichuk's potential]," manager Mike Matheny said, per the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "I think that's how we'll go about it. I see him just as a very valuable weapon offensively, defensively, and on the bases. Just another right-handed bat to give us those options. We're going to try to give him as much work as we possibly can. Just watching what he's done this spring couldn't imagine leaving Florida without him on our club."


Cardinals' Pete Kozma draws start at second base Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma is starting at second base in Sunday's spring game, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Kozma spent most of last season stashed in the minor leagues as a Plan B in case something happened to starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta. He's out of options this season, and the team is looking to prepare him for a potential utility role. Manager Mike Matheny hasn't ruled out giving him work in the outfield in addition to seeing time around the infield. Kozma is also being prepared to serve as the team's emergency catcher.


Cardinals prepping Kozma, Garcia as emergency catchers in spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) The Cardinals want to make sure they have all their bases covered this year. That's why infielders Pete Kozma and Greg Garcia are doing drills this spring to serve as emergency catchers if the situation ever presents itself.

"I'll welcome anything," said Kozma, who may also see limited time in the outfield this spring. "I'll expect the unexpected, I guess. Be ready for anything. It doesn't matter where I play. As long as I'm on the field somewhere, I'm OK."

Kozma, who is primarily used as a shortstop, hit .304 with four runs scored in 23 plate appearances in 2014.

"I know how to call a game," Kozma said. "I can see all of Yadi's signs. Whenever he makes a mound visit, I'm right there. ... Getting back there and actually doing it, the ball will be a little different than being at the plate or seeing it. I will be able to see a lot more."


Cardinals INF Pete Kozma willing to play anywhere in 2015


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma said he is willing to play anywhere next season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"If (manager Mike Matheny) names a position, I'm going to say, 'Yes,''' said Kozma. "I'm not going to say, 'No.'"

After serving as a starting shortstop for most of 2013, Kozma spent nearly all of his 2014 season in the minors. The club's top draft pick in 2007 hit .304 (7 for 23) in 14 big-league games. He struck out 567 times compared to 294 walks in the minor leagues.

"I've focused on trying to cut my strikeouts down and trying to get on base. Try to get my walks and my strikeouts about even," Kozma said.


Cardinals make some roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) 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
(10/24/2013) 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.