Might the young shortstop experience a breakout year in 2013?
He's not actually as young as you'd think. He'll turn 28 on August 12th during his second full year as the Reds starting shortstop. His 2012 was not spectacular, but he provided pretty good defense at the position. His .975 fielding percentage placed him ninth among MLB shortstops as he committed 14 errors in 138 games.
At the plate, he was thrust into the leadoff spot as a rookie and failed to perform at an acceptable level, getting on-base at just a .262 clip in that spot and .288 overall. It's hard to blame just him though as everyone else who tried to hit first for the Reds failed miserably too. Overall, he did show a little pop in the bat, hitting 15 home runs to go along with 35 RBI and a .246 average.
Cozart is not a star, but he's not a slouch either. Things could be much, much worse. He tied for fifth in the National League in 2012 with a 2.3 WAR. With the addition of Shin-Soo Choo, w...