When Rafael Furcal went down in late August, many Cards fans wondered who will replace Furcal? Pete Kozma answered the call and has turned into one of the clutch players for the Redbirds this postseason.
Drafted by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2007 MLB draft, Kozma was taken before players such as Rick Porcello, Ben Revere, and Todd Frazier. Kozma hasn’t been known for his hitting, as his highest BA in a full minor league season was a .258. However after his late August call up, he hit .333 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs in 72 ABs. In the NLDS against the Nationals, he hit .250 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs, including the crucial single that brought home the deciding runs to cap off the Cards epic comeback in game 5. In game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants he went 1-for-4 with a 2B and 1 RBI. His fielding has also helped Kozma fill the hole Furcal left at shortstop.
The Cards are going to need Kozma to continue his timely hitting and fantastic fielding as they continue their run to repeat. Kozma is a key player to watch as the Cards take on the Giants.