Zack Cozart SS CIN 5 days ago

Cozart hit two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Cozart hit one of the three combined grand slams that were hit between the two teams Tuesday. He now has 10 hits in his past five games, and has only struck out once in his past seven.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 1 week ago

Cozart went 3-for-4 Saturday with a solo shot, his first home run of the season.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Cozart was the only hitter to have any success against Carlos Martinez. He's now got back-to-back three-hit games and a seven game hitting streak, boosting his batting average on the season to .368 (14-for-38).

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 weeks ago

Cozart went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Monday's Opening Day win over the Pirates.

Cozart appears to have the shortstop role safely locked up as Eugenio Suarez, who was acquired in an offseason trade, will begin the season with Triple-A Louisville. The 29-year-old will have to improve offensively after a 2014 campaign that featured a .221/.268/.300 slash line in 147 games before garnering much attention by fantasy owners.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 2 months ago

Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Cozart will not face competition for his starting job from Eugenio Suarez during spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Suarez, who was acquired from Detroit in the Alfredo Simon trade, will be merely a fallback option in case Cozart gets hurt. It widely believed that Suarez would have an outside shot at the job given his abilities at the dish and Cozart's struggles last season (.221/.268/.300), but apparently the team wants Cozart to focus on improving offensively rather than looking over his shoulder.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 3 months ago

Cozart agreed to a one-year, $2.35 million contract with the Reds on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

As good as Cozart was in the field last season (12.1 UZR), he was equally bad at the plate, as evidenced by his 61 OPS+. He hit above .250 in just one month of the season, and finished with a .172/.213/.276 batting line in September. The Reds acquired shortstop Eugenio Suarez from the Tigers in December, and while Cozart figures to keep the starting job to open the year, he'll have to perform at a higher level to maintain his spot in the lineup.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 7 months ago

Cozart is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

Cozart struggles against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano -- he is just 3-for-17 (.176) lifetime -- so he will sit out Saturday after starting the last seven games. Ramon Santiago will get the start at shortstop in Cozart's place.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 7 months ago

Cozart went 2-for-3 with one RBI on Friday against the Cardinals.

The expectations for Cozart this season were much greater than what he's produced. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he kept his batting average around the .225 mark all season without supplying any of the power he did the previous two seasons.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 7 months ago

Cozart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

Cozart has struggled offensively of late, with just two hits in his past six starts. He'll join several other Reds regulars on the bench Wednesday, as Kristopher Negron will get the start at shortstop.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 7 months ago

Cozart is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

There's no denying Cozart's defensive ability, but there will always be some clamoring for the Reds to improve at the shortstop position because of his significant offensive limitations (.570 OPS). Jake Elmore will get the start at short Monday.

Zack Cozart SS CIN 8 months ago

Cozart (wrist) went 0-for-3 in his return to the starting lineup Saturday.

The dismal season continues for the Reds' shortstop, but his glove will continue to make him a steady presence in the Cincinnati lineup despite a .226/.273/.302 line.