Zack Cozart Leads Cincinnati Reds Players of the Week

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Dates: 4/25 – 5/2

Series: at Atlanta Braves (3), Chicago Cubs (2), Milwaukee Brewers (2)

Record: 2-5

It was a rough week for the Cincinnati Reds in many ways, from losing a starter to blowing leads and struggling players. Our previous players of the week list was populated by standout players such as Devin Mesoraco, Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Broxton, Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon. This week’s list only sees three of the seven returning to the list.

There wasn’t much to celebrate over the course of the last week, both offensively and defensively as the Reds’ record was indicative of their production.

Who’s Hot:

Zack Cozart 

Much of the blame for Cincinnati’s offensive woes have been focused in the direction of Cozart, with many calling for him to be replaced (including ourselves). However, Cozart seemed to turn a corner over the last week of games as he led the team in hitting.

Games: 6  |  ABs: 21  |  Hits: 6  |  Runs: 2  |  RBI: 0  |  SB: 0  |  AVG: .333  |  OBP: .391  |  SLG: .476  |   OPS: .867

Billy Hamilton 

Since his 0-12 start to the season, Hamilton has found his groove. However, the injury he sustained during the opening game of the Brewers’ series could have a lasting impact going forward.

Games: 5  |  ABs: 16  |  Hits: 5  |  Runs: 3  |  HR: 1  |  RBI: 1  |  SB: 2  |  Strikeouts: 0  |  AVG: .313  |  OBP: .353  |  SLG: .500  |   OPS: .853

The statistic that stands out the most in Hamilton’s line is the amount of strikeouts over those five games — zero. When Hamilton hits the ball on the ground, he is batting .314 on the season. If he can put the ball in play, he will be dangerous.

Chris Heisey 

Making the most of his playing time, Heisey was everything the Reds’ needed over the past week. He provided clutch hits and reached base nearly 50 percent of the time. However, on the flip side, he also struck out in exactly half of his at bats.

Games: 4  |  ABs: 10  |  Hits: 4  |  Runs: 1  |  RBI: 1  |  SB: 1  |  AVG: .400  |  OBP: .455  |  SLG: .400  |   OPS: .855

Todd Frazier 

Judging Frazier’s success this week comes from his production with runners on base, where he came through for the Reds.

Games: 5  |  ABs: 19  |  Hits: 5  |  Runs: 1  |  HR: 1  |  RBI: 5  |  SB: 1  |  AVG: .263  |  OBP: .333  |  SLG: .526  |   OPS: .860

Johnny Cueto 

Cueto has been masterful all season long, and that didn’t change over the past week. He leads the Reds’ starters in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, hits allowed, opponent batting average, WHIP and complete games. With Latos on the disabled list, the importance of Cueto has never been higher, and he has met all expectations exceedingly well.

INN: 8  |  Runs: 0  |  Hits: 3  |  ERA: 0.00  |  Opp. AVG: .115

Jonathan Broxton

As Robb Hoff pointed out, Broxton has been perfection this season since coming off of the disabled list. Not only has he gone 5-5 in save opportunities, Broxton also has yet to allow a single run score — and that trend continued over this past week.

INN: 2  |  Runs: 0  |  Hits: 0  |  ERA: 0.00  |  Opp. AVG: .000  |  Saves: 1

Sam LeCure 

Second on the team in appearances (10) and third in ERA (0.77) on the season, Sam LeCure has been essential to provide consistency to the struggling Reds’ bullpen.

INN: 2  |  Runs: 0  |  Hits: 2  |  ERA: 0.00  |  Opp. AVG: .250

Who’s Not Hot:

Jay Bruce 

Known as quite the streaky hitter, Bruce is accustomed to occasional droughts at the plate, and his last week was exactly that. The season so far has been quite the struggle for Bruce (.216 average and striking out in 32 percent of his at bats), and that continued the past week as he struck out in 55.5 percent of his at bats. However, with that being said, Bruce continues to walk at a career high rate (.358 OBP).

Games: 6  |  ABs: 18  |  Hits: 2  |  Runs: 3  |  RBI: 0  |  SB: 1  |  BB: 7  |  Strikeouts: 10  |  AVG: .111  |  OBP: .360  |  SLG: .111  |   OPS: .471

Brandon Phillips

Without beating a dead horse, the struggles for Phillips continue.

Games: 5  |  ABs: 19  |  Hits: 3  |  Runs: 1  |  RBI: 2  |  SB: 0  |  AVG: .158  |  OBP: .150  |  SLG: .158  |   OPS: .308

Joey Votto

Games: 6  |  ABs: 18  |  Hits: 3  |  Runs: 2  |  RBI: 2  |  BB: 8  |  AVG: .167  |  OBP: .423  |  SLG: .333  |   OPS: .756

Sean Marshall 

INN: .2  |  Runs: 4 (2 ER)  |  Hits: 4  |  ERA: 27.00  |  Opp. AVG: .571

Upcoming week: Milwaukee Brewers (2), at Boston Red Sox (2), Colorado Rockies (1)

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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