Cozart adjusting to leadoff role

Cozart adjusting to leadoff role

Cozart adjusting to leadoff role
PITTSBURGH -- Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart finished Saturday's game against the Pirates leading all National League rookies in runs scored (16), extra-base hits (12), total bases (45) and multi-hit games (eight).

Cozart contributed to those totals in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates, going 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

On Saturday, Cozart made his 11th start in the leadoff spot for the Reds. He batted in the two-hole during his other 13 starts this season.

"It's been a little adjustment, because I think I only hit leadoff 20 or so games in the Minor Leagues," Cozart said. "So, I hadn't really done it, but so far I feel comfortable there. I'm not changing my approach or anything."

The 26-year-old Cozart has been doing a good job setting the table for the the heart of the Reds' batting order.

"Hitting leadoff or two-hole, our job is to get on base for Joey [Votto] and Jay [Bruce] and Scott [Rolen] and those guys," Cozart said. "It makes it easier on us knowing that we're going to get some pitches to hit, and when we get on base they're going to knock us in."

Cozart has also been giving a good accounting of himself on defense, committing just two errors in his first 25 games.

"That's my most important job anyway," Cozart said. "Hitting is a secondary thing in my opinion. I feel pretty good out there, and if the pitchers trust me and I keep making all the plays, I'll continue to feel pretty good out there."