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Peter Michael Kozma

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Shortstop Peter Kozma was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft and reached the majors in 2011.

Kozma hit .522 with 56 runs and 55 RBI as a high school senior and was a second-team All-USA pick by USA Today. St. Louis took him 18th overall in the 2007 draft. He was signed by scout Steve Gossett and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Cardinals, appearing in 4 games with the club. He then played for the Johnson City Cardinals, hitting .264/.350/.396 in 30 games, before ending the season with the Batavia Muckdogs, for whom he was just 4 for 27. Overall, he hit .233 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 42 games that season.

He played for the Quad Cities River Bandits (99 games) and Palm Beach Cardinals (24 games) in 2008, hitting a combined .258 with five home runs and 50 RBI in 123 games. He also stole 12 bases in 18 attempts.

In 2009, he split the season between Palm Beach (18 games) and the Springfield Cardinals (113 games), hitting .231 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 131 games. He played for Springfield in 2010, hitting .243 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI in 132 games. He also stole 13 bases in 15 tries. He began 2011 with the Memphis Redbirds before being called up by St. Louis in May.

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