This week we are joined by Reds’ shortstop Zack Cozart. Zack was a second round draft pick by the Reds in 2007 and has worked his way through the organization to become their shortstop of the future. Early on in his professional career, he was best known for his defense. Zack hit around .220 his first year of Pro baseball, leaving people wondering if his offense would ever catch up to his defense. It’s safe to say his hard work has paid off as he moved up a level every year until making his big league debut in 2011.

Many thanks to Zack for taking the time to sit down with Next Level Ballplayer to talk about how he developed his hitting, the one piece of hitting advice that got him out of his worst slump (led to a 5-5 night two hours later), the mental side of hitting and fielding, how he handles high expectations, his advice on taking your game to the next level and more.

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