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The Janish-Renteria tandem isn’t just the name of a Center for Disease Control in Sweden; it’s also what was standing in Zack Cozart‘s way going into 2011.  That was an easy combo to beat out for the shortstop job.  But Dusty looks at rookies and laughs maniacally while daintily pushing his toothpick to the side of his mouth.  Then Cozart had to have Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm.  Tough break (or is it tough tendon?) because even Dusty was about ready to let Cozart do his thing in the majors.  In his brief stint in the majors (11 games), he hit 2 homers and batted .324. In the minors, he was known to do a little damage.  He did the Triple-A thing for two years.  In 2010, 17 homers and 30 steals in 610 plate appearances; in 2011, 7 homers, 9 steals and a .310 average in only 350 plate appearances.  It’s no Renteria, but what is without some serious scratching?  So what can we expect from Zack Cozart in 2012 fantasy baseball?

He literally didn’t walk once in the 11 games he played with the Reds.  And nothing places emphasis like a trite adverb!  Totally!  The no walks thing is not a small sample size problem, and while that won’t be a problem for Dusty, it will be a problem for Cozart’s average.  His speed might help him beat out some dribblers, but he’s going to struggle to hit .250.  His speed is there for 15-20 steals and low-teen power.  You know who that reminds me of?  No, not you in high school.  Let it go, man.  It reminds me of Danny Espinosa.  Danny has a bit more power and a bit less speed, but tomato-tomato with a different emphasis.  Also, Espinosa and Cozart sounds like a promising TNT drama starring Freddy Prinze Jr. and Stifler.  Cozart should have the everyday job in 2012 and I’ll give him the line of 55/14/70/.245/20.  In real baseball (which is played with more crotch scratching, but less crotch grabbing), Cozart’s just okay.  A potential 15/20 guy at shortstop in fantasy baseball is a yes, please and thank you.  You’re welcome.

44 Responses

  1. Tony says:
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    i owned this doode for a brief stint last yr, he has potential… worth a flyer, just depends where he goes, if he has a hot spring, he’ll rise big time in drafts.

    B-Phillips did sign with the reds right?

  2. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Re: Colleen Haskell

    I’m a big fan of “cute,” and “from Maryland.” I married “cute and from Maryland!” A snippet from her bio:

    “Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Colleen attended an catholic, all-girls school”

    That’s made up, right? Her in a Catholic school girl outfit? In an all-girls school? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that installment of Barely Legal.

  3. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Judging by this pic, that Japanese lady from the YouTube video will be throwing out the first pitch for the Mets:

    http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/9637/hoshino29.jpg

    Yeah, it took me a couple minutes to notice the Mets jersey, too.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Tony: Phillips hasn’t signed with the Reds yet. Not close according to the Reds.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha! Surprised it didn’t say she also never participated in jello wrestling but did stand just outside of a jello tub and accidentally fall in once.

  5. royce! says:
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    I literally don’t understand why no walks would be a problem for Cozart’s average.

    Also, it’s crazy that he ended up with such a high average, considering that he hit 9% line drives, and 58% ground balls. If he keeps that up, I could see his average suffering.

  6. royce! says:
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    Broxton to the Royals?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Wow, Broxton’s stock has fallen hard.

  8. John says:
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    Where the effe are my American Apparel ads!? Am I supposed to just come (he he) here for the content!?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Guess my point was if he doesn’t walk then his slumps could literally go on for weeks without him getting on base, but you’re literally right.

    @John: Ha!

  10. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, that makes some sense. Kinda like how Francouer has severe ups and downs. Also, if you’re slumping and not picking up walks, you have a lot less R and SB opportunities. Literally.

    Re: Broxton- I read 4 million for 1 year, which I think is a pretty good haul for him, considering his recent history. Royals’ pen is looking pretty sweet. I assume that they’ll move one or more RP into the rotation. Crow seems likely.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I think their bullpen looked better before Broxton. He just gives them a less reliable option.

  12. Kyle says:
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    Just dealt Cano and Haren for Fielder and Mauer in a keeper league. 7×7 with XBH, OBP and IP,holds as the extra categories. 15 keepers. I had excess MI and needed a CI.

    I know I am taking a risk getting Mauer vs Haren. Thoughts on if he will bounce back?

  13. Kyle says:
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    Also I had some extra pitching depth. Still have Lee, Beckett, A. Sanchez, and Marcum. 16 team league.

  14. royce! says:
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    @Grey: You mean that Crow is better than Broxton, so moving Crow to the rotation depletes the bullpen? I can see that. But if Broxton gets his shizz back together, I think they’re a lot better off overall. I think it’s a smart move considering that what they really need is starting pitching, and there’s not much on the free agent market right now. It’s one of those surprising Moore moves that you can actually understand.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Kyle: I don’t like Mauer.

    @royce!: Holland was great too, so now if Crow goes to the rotation and sucks as a starter and Broxton sucks, they’ve done more damage than it was worth.

  16. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Oh, I forgot to include the bit about her getting bad grades in that Catholic school, and going after hours to discuss it with the much older, but for some reason completely shaved school principal. Apparently she was willing to do anything to get those grades up… anything.

  17. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Well, sure. It’s risky, but Crow was always a starter in the minors (albeit for only one year), and Broxton was dominant until getting injured, so it’s not like there is no chance of upside. Any team that signed Broxton was going to be taking a risk. And Crow need not be an ace to make it worthwhile- he just needs to be better than whomever they’d be starting over him (such as Hochevar). Moreover, I think the info Spring Training should provide might help them avoid too much damage if both Broxton sucks and Crow can’t start. Given their RP depth, they need not start out Broxton in high-leverage situations (ie, Holland could retain his slot).

    Anyhow, it’s a ballsy move (as was trading for Sanchez), but I like it. And at least we’ll always agree about Kemp’s suits.

  18. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Troll.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Awesomus Maximus: While Dexys Midnight Runners played in the background, but with the name Colleen replacing Eileen?

    @royce!: I see your point, their rotation did need help and Crow can’t be much worse. Worst case scenario, Broxton’s sent to the disgraceful list and they find someone else to throw the 8th inning in a game they’re losing.

  20. Sir Larry says:
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    Much like Cozart, speed has helped me beat out some dribblers.

    Good start on your first few rookie outlooks this off-season, Grey.

  21. crane game dispair says:
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    WE WANT JANUARY GREY! WE WANT JANUARY GREY!

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @crane game dispair: November Grey, “How dare you!”

    @royce!: Hey, what happened with that perv from Syracuse? Talk about getting lucky that the public was burned out from pervs.

  23. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, that’s weird. Maybe we’re not hearing as much about it because ESPN’s involvement is problematic since they had the tape of Fine’s wife essentially admitting Fine’s “issues” as early as 2002. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2067380/Bernie-Fine-Wife-disgraced-Syracuse-basketball-coach-claims-sex-abuse-tape-doctored.html). I don’t watch ESPN much anyway, so I don’t know how heavily they’ve been covering the story. Pretty messed up that they had the tape since then but didn’t run it because they hadn’t located a second victim to corroborate the story, since the story was already corroborated by the tape.

    All of this stuff is sure making baseball look clean!

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Wow, I hadn’t heard about that at all. So ESPN had a tape for almost ten years and sat on it because they didn’t have anyone to corroborate it? What do you mean it was already corroborated by the tape? Because of what the wife says on the tape?

  25. royce! says:
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    @Grey: No, I mean that the tape corroborated the story of the guy who recorded it; ie, he said he was molested by Fine since he was 12, and the wife’s statements in the tape corroborated that story. I don’t understand why ESPN would insist on anything corroborating there being a second victim.

    Back to Crow, I’ve been reading more about him, and I can see how there’s a pretty high risk that he is not going to succeed as a starter, considering his BB% and lack of a 3rd pitch. I would love for the Royals to have some success, just to make life interesting.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Part of me thinks Crow won’t be good because he pitches for the Royals. A big part of me. Like 99% of me. But like you said above, is he much worse than Hochevar? Probably not.

  27. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, though he might not be much better, either. Seems to be another 4+ FIP sort of guy, which will fit in just fine with the rotation.

  28. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    @Grey: Oh man…

    I will now have to bow out to keep Razzball from getting an NC-17 rating. Congrats on the win.

  29. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    cozart … music to your ears ?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @chata: As long as Dusty doesn’t do anything too Dusty-like, yeah…

  31. Eddy says:
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    Looking like Iannetta is going to head to the Angels. Poor guy. He doesn’t know that’s like a catcher’s purgatory.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eddy: Bye-bye, Iannetta.

  33. chata says:
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    @Grey:

    who’s going to have a better 2012 …. youk or a-rod ?
    (pick a hip)

  34. royce! says:
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    @Grey: LAT are reporting that with Iannetta landing in Anaheim, the Angels are expected to non-tender Mathis. Though I suppose they could start Conger over Iannetta. Hell, the Sciosciapath will probably have Maicer catch.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Hey, Maicer has a great glove! I’d sit Kendrys in a wheelchair behind home.

  36. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I appreciate the fact that viewers can’t vote to eliminate chefs on Top Chef, but I would really appreciate the ability to “eliminate” some of the Dallas hosts from this week’s episode.

    I think that girl from San Antonio who had the quinceanera should be a frequent guest star, though.

  37. royce! says:
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    I’m not sure if it’s that I dislike people with more money than me or if it’s just par for the course for Bravo, who seem to be the go to source for reasons to dislike wealthy people. What a weird niche.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Quinceanera was fun, I too would like to eliminate the short guy who just got married. I love how he was like this is the best cupcake ever, and Tom was like it’s horrible. Ha, yes it’s an odd niche, for sure.

  39. RealMcCoy says:
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    I was Offered a Trade (I have been trying to get rid of Bourn ever since I drafted him)

    I give: Werth (OF), Bourn (OF), and Andrus (SS)
    I get: Morse (OF), Aybar (SS), and Santos (CL)

    This is a 12 team, h2h league starting 5 OF’ers (standard scoring)

    My Other OF are: BJ Upton, Bruce, Rios, Bourjos
    My Current CL are: Madson, Jansen, Myers

    Should I accept it?

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