Zack Cozart came into 2009 off of a solid season in Dayton where he hit .280/.330/.457 with a good strikeout rate, but a low walk rate. The shortstop skipped over High A completely and jumped to AA where he posted this line over the full season:
Cozart got off to a hot start in April with a .313/.389/.450 line, but saw his season as a roller coaster experience for the entire year. Below is how Cozart’s season looked in the slash line as the season progressed:
After an April boosted by a high BABIP Cozart saw his average find the mean as the season went along. Cozart kept his OBP at a consistent .350-.360 rate just about all season long regardless of where his average was. Power was tough to come by though as the season went along and Cozart saw his slugging drop down the stretch of the season. Lets look at his rate stats for the season as it progressed.
Cozart saw his walk rate climb as the season progressed, which is an outstanding sign of understanding the zone and what he can do with it. He saw his strikeout rate hover around 16% for most of the season without much of a fluctuation to speak of. Power wise, as we saw above saw a decline big time with about 25% of the season remaining.
One last thing I wanted to look at was a spray chart for Cozart. I can only do this for players with time in AA and AAA, so its only something I will have for those guys.