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Zack Cozart (Rogelio Solis/AP)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Zack Warren Cozart
Position:Shortstop
School:University of Mississippi
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:08/12/85
Height:6'1"
Weight:190 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):03/30-04/01/07
Game(s):Auburn
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Comments
Hitting Ability:Cozart is a front-foot hitter who inside-outs the ball.
Power:Cozart does not project to hit for power at the next level.
Running Speed:He is a below-average runner for a middle infielder.
Arm Strength:Cozart has plus arm strength, though he does throw from a slightly unorthodox lower arm angle.
Fielding:Cozart's best tools are his hands. He may have among the best hands in the draft class and catches everything hit his way.
Range:Cozart has average range now, but with below-average speed, it might decrease at the next level.
Baseball Instinct:Cozart has good instincts and that should help him defensively in anticipating to make up for lack of range in the future..
Physical Description:Cozart is a decent-sized middle infielder who should be able to stay there.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:His hands will play at the next level.
Weaknesses:His hitting ability makes him profile as a No. 9-type hitter down the road. He doesn't have enough speed to be a plus, plus defensive shortstop
Summary:Cozart has perhaps the best set of hands in this year's draft class and shortstops who can catch the ball are often hard to find. His lack of speed may hurt his range as the game speeds up and there is a question as to how much he'll hit at the next level. Some see him as a shortstop who can hit in the two-hole, but he also may just be a utilityman who hits ninth.