Pete Kozma
Pete Kozma
31-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Pete Kozma in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Tigers in November of 2018.
Shifts to minors camp
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 19, 2019
The Tigers reassigned Kozma to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of reports.
Kozma played in 27 games for the Tigers in 2018, slashing .217/.236/.348 across 73 plate appearances. Assuming he sticks around in the organization, Kozma will likely begin 2019 at Triple-A Toledo and could get the call to the big leagues if the Tigers are in need of a utility infielder at any point.
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Since 2017vs Left .514 42 4 1 3 0 .175 .214 .300
Since 2017vs Right .495 82 9 1 7 0 .176 .225 .270
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2018vs Left .421 19 1 0 2 0 .158 .158 .263
2018vs Right .644 54 6 1 6 0 .240 .264 .380
2017vs Left .594 23 3 1 1 0 .190 .261 .333
2017vs Right .190 28 3 0 1 0 .042 .148 .042
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Since 2017Home .508 71 8 0 7 0 .194 .239 .269
Since 2017Away .494 53 5 2 3 0 .149 .196 .298
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2018Home .602 46 5 0 6 0 .227 .261 .341
2018Away .552 27 2 1 2 0 .200 .192 .360
2017Home .330 25 3 0 1 0 .130 .200 .130
2017Away .427 26 3 1 1 0 .091 .200 .227
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Pete Kozma
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
September 16, 2018
Erik Siegrist looks over the waiver wire heading into the final two weeks of the season and notes that Reynaldo Lopez is pitching far too well to be unrostered.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Thursday Picks
May 17, 2018
In Thursday’s slate of games, Adam Zdroik notes Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is stellar this season against lefties with a .381 BABIP, which goes well with last year’s .211 ISO against them.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
May 13, 2018
Erik Siegrist reviews the available talent in the American League where some struggling stars have returned from the disabled list, including the Twins' Byron Buxton.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
May 7, 2017
Erik Siegrist checks out the available talent in the American League and warns that Chris Tillman's home run issues during his rehab assignment might carry forward upon his return to the Orioles rotation.
NL FAAB Factor: More Prospects coming
May 10, 2015
Noah Syndergaard is finally up, and RotoWire's Jan Levine is excited. That and more in this week's edition of the NL FAAB Factor.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Kozma's 2013 campaign is probably the only season he'll have in his career that ever resembles a full-time role. While he did find his way back to the major league level in 2015 it was only for 99 at-bats with the Cardinals and he hit a measly .152/.236/.152. The Cardinals parted ways with him in November by outrighting him from their 40-man roster. After signing a minor league deal with the Yankees in December, Kozma will attempt to earn one of the team's final bench spots during spring training.
It appeared as though Kozma's time with the Cardinals was nearing an end, but after slashing .248/.330/.372 with Triple-A Memphis last season, he was called up in September and hit .304 over 23 at-bats. The former starting shortstop and career .236/.297/.320 hitter can be safely ignored in all fantasy leagues, as Kozma merely provides infield depth for the Cardinals within the organization as well as a decent amount of postseason experience.
The Cardinals were hoping Kozma could continue the success he had from the 2012 postseason into 2013, but they were sorely disappointed in the results. Kozma flashed a solid glove at short, but was dreadful at the plate last season posting a wRC+ of 50, the second worst wRC+ in all of baseball from hitters with at least 400 plate appearances. The Cardinals stuck with him as long as they could before slowly handing over an increasing number of at-bats to Daniel Descalso. If Kozma sticks with the Cardinals, it will likely be as a defensive replacement for newly acquired starter Jhonny Peralta.
With Rafael Furcal out with an elbow injury, the Cardinals turned to Kozma in September and October. While Kozma drew eight walks in 13 postseason games, it was his September performance that really opened eyes. Kozma hit .349/.386/.619 with 10 extra-base hits in 63 September at-bats. Furcal's status for the beginning of 2013 is in doubt, so unless the Cardinals find a free agent shortstop, Kozma may only have to beat out Daniel Descalso for the starting job on Opening Day. Just note that Kozma's minor league numbers don't even come close to projecting him as a .300 hitter in the majors - he's a .223 hitter in 846 Triple-A at-bats.
The best thing about Kozma is his glove, but that's not saying much. His second year with Double-A Springfield was certainly better than his first, but don't get too excited by the 13 home runs and 13 stolen bases as they came with a .243 batting average and .702 OPS. If you struggle to top .700 OPS in your second year in Double-A, you're probably a long way from the majors. Still, at age 22 he has time to turn it around.
Kozma has a nice glove, but after a terrible season with the bat in Double-A Springfield last year, it looks like it could be awhile before he can be counted upon to win a starting job with the big club. Kozma turns 22 this spring, so he's still young enough to turn it around, but Brendan Ryan or Tyler Greene could be good enough to hold the shortstop job in St. Louis if Kozma never develops.
Kozma, the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2007, hit a combined .233/.313/.342 in 42 games between the Arizona Fall League, the Appalachian League, and the New York-Penn League. The constant moving around prevented him from getting his footing at any one level, making it hard to get a good read on his numbers. He will probably begin 2008 in full-season ball in the Midwest League. He's still a few years away, but he's known more for his defense and as result, doesn't make for a good keeper candidate yet.
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Re-signs with former club
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
November 9, 2018
Kozma agreed to a minor-league contract with Detroit on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.
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Elects free agency
SSFree Agent  AAA
October 25, 2018
Kozma decided to pursue free agency Thursday.
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Cast off 40-man roster
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
October 24, 2018
Kozma was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of reports.
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Out of lineup Friday
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 28, 2018
Kozma is not starting Friday against the Brewers.
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Contract selected by Tigers
SSDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 14, 2018
Kozma's contract was selected by the Tigers on Friday.
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