PlayingWithFire wrote:While it's true that Kouzmanoff constantly plays younger competition, it's also true that he lost a couple years of his development to injury and his development time isn't any longer than a typical prospect. My concern with his is his lack of extra base power, he was basically a very good singles hitter with occasional power who doesn't draw walks in the minors. And I wasn't too sure how that'll translate to the majors, oh well, traded him in a package for Rios preseason, not my problem. I still think he can hit .280 with at least 15 HR power in the majors, if with bad OBP numbers.
As I've said before, I don't think bringing up injury time should IMPROVE your projection for a player. The fact that Kouz lost time to injury in the minors should lead you to assume that he will also lose time to injury in the majors. Kouz has a major back problem that will plague him his entire career. 3B is one of the WORST positions to play if you have a back problem. This is all less relevant for his immediate performance, but his injury history in the minors should cause you to downgrade your rating, not upgrade it.