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Pete Kozma | Shortstop

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cardinals optioned SS Pete Kozma to Triple-A Memphis.
Kozma had been designated for assignment, but he's cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He's hit .234/.341/.372 in 59 games this season at Memphis. Jun 25 - 2:03 PM

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Cardinals designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment.

Kozma came up big for the Cards down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs in 2012, but he hit a sickly .217/.275/.273 last year as the starting shortstop and was no longer in the team's plans. He can't hit a lick, but Kozma's steady glove could draw some interest on waivers.
Jun 25 - 11:27 AM

Cardinals recalled INF Pete Kozma from Triple-A Memphis.

Kozma is batting .234/.341/.372 in 59 games this season at Memphis and is doubtful to get much playing time in what will likely be an abbreviated stay with St. Louis. He was the Cardinals' starting shortstop last year but they of course signed Jhonny Peralta over the winter.
Jun 23 - 12:13 PM

Cardinals optioned INF Pete Kozma to Triple-A Memphis.

The move clears a spot for Mark Ellis to be activated from the disabled list. Kozma has only logged three plate appearances so far this season and will now serve as infield depth in the minors.
Apr 15 - 10:42 AM

Adam Rubin on ESPNNewYork.com reports the Cardinals are making Pete Kozma available in trade talks.

Rubin also notes that despite his availability and the Mets' desire to acquire a starting shortstop, the team isn't believed to be interested in the soon-to-be 26-year-old. It's not surprising, as Kozma doesn't offer much of an upgrade at the plate over current shortstop Ruben Tejada. The Tigers may have some interest in Kozma to fill in during Jose Iglesias' absence.
Mar 19 - 8:50 PM

Pete Kozma is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Kozma had an awful performance in the field in Game 1, so Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is going with Daniel Descalso at shortstop for Game 2. Another change has Jon Jay in center field in place of Shane Robinson.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 05:41:00 PM

Pete Kozma will start at shortstop in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Daniel Descalso made the start at shortstop in Game 4 on Tuesday, but Kozma is back in there as the Cardinals attempt to finish off the Dodgers. The full St. Louis lineup: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, David Freese 3B, Kozma SS, Joe Kelly SP.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS.

He's now started four straight games, as he appears to have officially overtaken Daniel Descalso as Mike Matheny's preferred option at short. Kozma batted .400/.455/.500 during the NLDS and made a few nice plays in the field.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop in NLDS Game 5 on Wednesday night against the Pirates.

That's now three straight starts for Kozma, who sat often toward the end of the regular season in favor of Daniel Descalso. Descalso is on the bench. The full St. Louis lineup: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, David Freese 3B, Pete Kozma SS, Adam Wainwright SP.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS versus the Pirates.

Kozma was 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in the Cardinals' Game 3 loss on Sunday, so he'll get the nod again in Game 4 Monday against Charlie Morton. Daniel Descalso is on the bench. The full St. Louis lineup: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Yadier Molina C, Jon Jay CF, David Freese 3B, Pete Kozma SS, Michael Wacha SP.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Pete Kozma had a nice night at the dish in Sunday’s loss to the Pirates in Game 3 of the NLDS, going 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base.

Unfortunately, aside from Kozma and Carlos Beltran, the rest of the Cardinals offense struggled to produce against Francisco Liriano and company. It was Kozma’s first game played in the series, after Daniel Descalso got the call at shortstop against opposing right-handers in the first two games of the series.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 07:40:00 PM

Pete Kozma is starting at shortstop for Sunday's Game 3 against the Pirates.

With left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound, Kozma gets the call over Daniel Descalso. He was actually worse against southpaws this season, sporting a pathetic .184/.280/.256 batting line.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 02:03:00 PM

Pete Kozma singled, stole a base, and scored two runs in a 2-1 win over the Mariners in 10 innings on Friday.

Kozma didn't start the game, but that didn't stop him from making a major impact. After entering the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning, he stole third base and scored the tying run. He later singled with two outs in the 10th inning and scored the winning run after Mariners catcher Mike Zunino failed to handle a pitch to Matt Holliday.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:15:00 AM

Pete Kozma started his third consecutive game on Tuesday.

Just when it appeared that the recently-recalled Ryan Jackson might steal his job (or at least lift all of his at-bats against southpaws), Kozma finally got hot. He extended his hitting streak to four games on Tuesday and has gone 5-for-12 (.417) in that span. "He knows that we've had confidence in him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It's something that we've continued to try and show to him and that he sees it on a consistent basis whether things are going well or not." Matheny may eschew a traditional platoon in favor of a "hot hand" approach to the position. The skipper has said he'll continue to find at-bats for Daniel Descalso and Jackson.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 11:31:00 AM

Pete Kozma went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored in the Cardinals' victory over the Pirates on Sunday in St. Louis.

Kozma hit safely in all three games of St. Louis' weekend sweep of the Pirates, a much-needed offensive pick-me-up for a player fighting to keep his job. Kozma, a defensive whiz, is still batting only .218/.276/.275. Ryan Jackson is expected to steal some of his at-bats against southpaws over the next three weeks.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 07:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Allen Craig
2Oscar Taveras
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4Shelby Miller
5Joe Kelly
6Jaime Garcia
7Tyler Lyons
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Carlos Martinez
6Randy Choate
7Sam Freeman
8Seth Maness
9Nick Greenwood