Originally posted on i70baseball  |  Last updated 1/16/14
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma has had as much of a rollercoaster ride of a career as any Cardinals player without injury in recent memory, but he could be headed toward another valley in 2014 after two years at the top of the ride. The Cardinals drafted Kozma out of Owasso High School in Owasso, Okla., with the 18th overall pick of the 2007 draft. Kozma was 19 years old at the time and spent the next five years in seven different minor league cities with sporadic success. His best minor-league season came in 2008 when he had a .258 combined batting average with the Quad City River Bandits and the Palm Beach Cardinals at Class A and Class high-A, respectively, and he also had a career-best total zone fielding runs above average of 12 in 2008. Otherwise, Kozma’s minor-league career was rather forgettable. His career batting average in the minor leagues was .236 and stints with six teams when he had a fielding runs above average of zero or below, which means his defense was...
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