Zachary Warren Cozart ... Was the Reds' 2016 winner of the Heart & Hustle Award for his passion for the game...in 2014 was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award...in 2012 was named to Baseball America's All-Rookie team...holds the modern franchise record for HR by a rookie shortstop (15 in 2012)...in 2011 was an International League All-Star and a Baseball America Class AAA All-Star...in 2010 received the Mary E. Barney Award as Louisville's Most Valuable Player and was a Baseball America Class AAA All-Star...in 2009 was a Southern League All-Star, the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for June and the SL's Player of the Week for 6/1-6/7...in 2008 was a Midwest League All-Star and a Baseball America Class A All-Star...in 2004 graduated from Collierville (TN) High School, where he starred in baseball, basketball and football...played baseball at the University of Mississippi.
Despite a lingering right quad injury (limited to 122 games with two DL stints), established career highs in runs (80), triples (7), HR (24), total bases (240), batting average (.297), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.548) and OPS (.933)...Tied his career high in RBI (63 - also 2013) ... Joined Barry Larkin as only Reds' shortstops to hit at least 24 HR in a season ... National League All-Star for first time - just third Reds shortstop to start All-Star Game (also Barry Larkin & Dave Concepcion), first since Larkin made 2000 ASG...Led off third inning with single off NYY's Dellin Betances ... Led N.L. shortstops in triples, HR, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS...Ranked among overall NL leaders in hitting (16th), on-base percentage (11th), slugging percentage (10th), triples (T5th), home batting average (.327, 9th), average vs LHP (.337, 6th) and hardest to GIDP (87.6 AB, 10th) ... His 5.0 WAR (FanGraphs) ranked 18th among all MLB position players and third among MLB shortstops (Francisco Lindor 5.9 & Corey Seager 5.7) ... After going 1-for-4 on Opening Day, his average didn't drop below .300 again until Sept. 21 (.299) ... From May 2-June 10, reached base safely in 32 consecutive games (.339/.423/.606)...Was longest on-base streak of career...Was longest by a Reds shortstop since Dave Concepcion's 36-game on-base streak in 1978 ... Led Club with two 4-hit games (5/27 at PHI, 7/19 vs. ARI)...Produced three 2-homer games and homered in a career-high tying three consecutive games (Aug. 10-12) ... For second straight season opened with a 10-game hitting streak.
Was the Reds' 2016 winner of the Heart & Hustle Award for his passion for the game...missed the Reds' last 21g with patellar tendinitis in his right knee...made his last appearance on 9/10 at Pit...on 9/26 went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to 9/16, with the injury...was transferred to the 60-day DL on 9/28, when the Reds claimed off waivers from the Padres IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan...in August was bothered by inflammation in the sheath surrounding his left achilles tendon and from 8/18-8/26 missed 7 games and 8 starts...with 16 HR established a career high...hit 4 leadoff HR (off Matt Harvey, Jonathon Niese, Chad Bettis, Adam Warren)...his 8 career leadoff HR are fourth-most in Reds history behind Pete Rose, Kal Daniels and Barry Larkin...in the 6-2 win vs Phi became the first Reds shortstop with 3 hits on Opening Day since Barry Larkin in 2001 vs Atl and the first Reds shortstop with 2 doubles on Opening Day since Dave Concepcion in 1981 vs Phi...began the season with a 10-game hitting streak, snapped on 4/21 by Jake Arrieta's no-hitter...was the longest hitting streak by a Reds batter to begin a season since Devin Mesoraco started with an 11-game streak in 2014...on 5/5 vs Mil produced his 100th career double (off Chase Anderson)...on 5/23 at LAD, on the first pitch of the game doubled off Clayton Kershaw for his 500th career hit (1,999th at bat)...went hitless in his next 18 at bats, a season high, before his leadoff HR off Chad Bettis on 5/30 at Col...from 7/4-7/6 homered in 3 consecutive games for the first time in his career...from 7/17-8/6 produced a 14-game hitting streak (.274), 1g shy of his career high...in a start on 8/30 at LAA made his only career appearance at DH (0-5)...while recovering from 6/15/15 reconstructive right knee surgery didn't make his first spring training appearance until 3/11 vs Oak.
Missed most of the season with a right knee injury...on 6/10 vs Phi, in his 500th career appearance, while running out a ground ball suffered tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee...the next day went on the disabled list, on 6/15 had season-ending reconstructive surgery and on 6/16 was transferred to the 60-day DL...at the time of the injury, among National League shortstops ranked ninth in hitting, T2nd in HR, fourth in RBI, seventh in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging...from 5/5-5/12 missed 5 starts because of a bruised left wrist and bruised right index finger...suffered both injuries on 5/3 at Atl on a Julio Teheran hit by pitch (wrist) and a bad hop (finger)...while recovering from the finger and wrist injuries, from 5/15-5/26 went 1-for-30...the rest of the season hit .299 (49-164)... didn't commit an error after 5/3 (27g)...in the 16-10 win on 4/21 at Mil produced his second career 2-homer game (3rbi)...on 5/22 at Cle made his 400th career start next to 2B Brandon Phillips.
Was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award...led the team with 143 starts at shortstop and 109 starts batting eighth in the order...committed just 3 errors after the All-Star break...was successful on all 7 stolen base attempts...on 6/28 at SF recorded 11 assists, the most by a Reds player since 3B Chris Sabo had 11 on 4/7/88 and the most by a Reds SS since Dave Concepcion had 11 on 5/8/82...on 4/7 at StL produced an RBI-single off Trevor Rosenthal to snap a career-high 0-for-22, the longest hitless stretch start to a season by a Reds batter since Corky Miller began 0-for-29 in 2004...in the 11th inning of the 7-3 win on 6/28 at SF, his 2-run single off Jean Machi snapped the 2-2 tie.
Led all National League position players in sacrifice bunts (13) and tied for the NL lead in sacrifice flies (10)...his 10 sac flies were the most by a Reds batter since Eric Davis in 1989 (11)...as the Reds battled for a Wild Card playoff berth hit .304 in his last 31 apps of the season...from 8/26-9/10 hit .373 during a career-high 15-game hitting streak, the second-longest active streak in the Major Leagues when it was snapped on 9/11 vs Cubs (Wsh's Denard Span, 21g)...in the 15-0 win on 4/5 vs Wsh teamed with Todd Frazier to become the first shortstop/third base tandem in franchise history, dating back to 1869, to each produce 2 home runs in the same game...they were the first set of SS/3B to homer twice in the same game for a National League team since Jackie Hernandez and Richie Hebner did it in 1971 for a Pirates team that would go on to win the World Series...on 5/22 at NYM had 4 hits and 2 doubles off Matt Harvey to become the first batter with more than 2 hits in a game vs Harvey.
Joined Todd Frazier on Baseball America's All-Rookie team ... ranked among the National League rookie leaders in most offensive categories, including extra-base hits (52, 2nd), doubles (3rd), total bases (224, 3rd) and HR (T4th) ... was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ... among all NL shortstops ranked second in fielding percentage (.975, 14e, 567tc) ... from 9/4-9/20 missed 14g while recovering from a strained left oblique muscle...after he returned finished the season by hitting .290 in 12 apps ... became the first Reds rookie to start at SS on Opening Day since Frank Duffy in 1971 (Dave Concepcion did it in 1970) ... his 15 homers were the most ever by a Reds rookie shortstop (Billy Myers, 5hr, 1935) and the most by a Major League rookie shortstop since 2007 (Troy Tulowitzki, 24hr) ... became 1 of only 4 Reds shortstops with at least 30 doubles and 15hr in a season (Eddie Miller, Barry Larkin, Felipe Lopez) ... his 33 doubles fell 7 shy of the club's single-season rookie record (40, Frank McCormick 1938, Johnny Bench 1968, Chris Sabo 1988) ... his 21 doubles prior to the All-Star Game were the most ever by a rookie shortstop and tied Johnny Bench (1968) for the third-most ever by a Reds rookie at any position prior to the ASG (Chris Sabo, 32 in 1988; Vada Pinson, 22 in 1959) ... his 9 homers prior to the ASG tied Fla's Alex Gonzalez (1999), Bal's Ron Hansen (1960) and Col's Troy Tulowitzki (2007) for fifth-most ever among rookie shortstops (NYG's Daryl Spencer, 14hr in 1953; Garciaparra, 13hr in 1997; Oak's Bobby Crosby, 11hr in 2004; Bal's Cal Ripken Jr., 11hr in 1982) ... the first All-Star Game was in 1933 ... became the first rookie to hit safely in each of the Reds' first 6g of a season since Frankie Baumholtz hit safely in each of the team's first 6g in 1947 ... on the same road trip hit his first 2 leadoff HR, on 6/29 off SF's Matt Cain and on 7/6 off SD's Kip Wells ... his homer on Cain's first pitch snapped the Giants' SF record 36-inning scoreless streak ... also hit leadoff HR on 8/1 vs SD (off Wells) and 8/9 at Chi (Chris Volstad) ... on 8/7 at Mil led off the seventh inning with a double to break up Mike Fiers' perfect game bid ... from 8/14-8/24 produced a career-high 11-game hitting streak (.333, 7 2b, 1hr, 4rbi) ... in the Division Series vs SF hit safely in 4 of the 5g ... earned his spot in the everyday lineup during spring training, when he led the club in hits (20), doubles (7), triples (2) and 2-hit games (6).
From 7/7-7/23 made 11 apps and 9 starts at SS for the Reds beforehe suffered a season-ending injury to his left elbow (7/23 vs Atl)...on 8/12 had "TommyJohn" surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow (Dr. TimothyKremchek)...on 9/19 had surgery to clean up his right ankle (Kremchek)...missed theReds' last 62g of the season...began the year with Louisville...was recalled on 7/7and that night at Mil made his Major League debut, played SS and and in the fourth inning singled off ChrisNarveson for his first career hit...began his career with a 7-game hitting streak, the longest by a Reds playerto begin his Major League career since Adam Dunn hit safely in each of his first 7 apps from 7/20-7/21, 2001...in the seventh inning of the 6-5 win on 7/15 vs StL, his first career RBI tied the score at 3-3 in the seventhinning...on 7/17 vs StL hit his first career home run, a solo shot off former Ole Miss teammate Lance Lynn...homered again on 7/22 vs Atl (off Jair Jurrjens)...at Louisville was an International League mid-season andpost-season All-Star and a Baseball America Class AAA All-Star...his 4 leadoff HR established a club record(since 1989)...for the Bats hit .337 in May and .377 in June...on 4/30 vs Norfolk went 5-for-5 with 4 doubles,a club single-game record, and a homer to increase his BA from .179 to .225...from 5/19-6/11 had a careerbest17-game hitting streak...from 5/27-5/31 was on the Bats' disabled list with a sprained right ankle...on8/17 was transfered to the Reds' 60-day disabled list...came off the DL on 11/2...entered the season ratedthe eighth-best prospect in the organization.
In his first season at Class AAA received the Mary E. Barney Awardas Louisville's Most Valuable Player...was a Baseball America Class AAA All-Star...led the International League in at bats (553) and runs (91) and ranked among theleaders in games played (136, T4th), hits (141, 5th) and stolen bases (30, T5th)...led all IL shortstops in fielding percentage (.977)...was 1 of 6 players to spend theentire season with Louisville (Jared Burton, Chad Reineke, Wilkin Castillo, ToddFrazier, Danny Dorn) and 1 of only 4 players to be on the Bats' active roster all year(Castillo, Frazier, Reineke)...his 30 steals were fourth-most by any Reds farmhand...entered the season ratedby Baseball America as the organization's 10th-best prospect...on 11/19 was added to the 40-man roster...was a non-roster invitee to 2010 Major League spring training camp.
In just his second full professional season, at Class AA Carolinawas a Southern League All-Star...was the organization's Minor League Player ofthe Month for June (27g, .319, 6hr, 12rbi, .574slg, .414obp) and the SL's Player ofthe Week for 6/1-6/7 (10-29, .345, 4hr)...from 5/28-6/9 produced a 13-game hittingstreak (20-52, .385, 4hr, 10rbi)...homered twice on 6/18 at Tennessee...following theseason played for the Peoria Saguaros of the prestigious Arizona Fall League (13g,.340, 2hr, 10rbi, 3sb)...was invited to 2010 Major League spring training camp.
At Class A Dayton was a Midwest League All-Star and a Baseball America Class-A All-Star...was votedby league managers as the best defensive shortstop in the MWL...led the Dragons in hitting (.280)...twice hit2 homers in a game (5/28 at Ft. Wayne, 6/21 vs Great Lakes)...on 4/27 at Kane County hit a grand slam...on6/26 vs South Bend hit a game-winning HR in the bottom of the 10th inning.