Kozma Leaves His Mark

Pete Kozma, senior shortstop for Owasso (Okla.) HS, made a grand exit to finish his high school career. As part of Owasso’s 23-game win streak to end the season and claim the 6-A title, Kozma went 9-for-11 with one home run, five doubles, nine RBIs and eight runs in the regional bracket before dominating the state rounds. In the final four games of his career, he went 5-for-9 with four home runs, seven RBIs and four intentional walks.

Kozma is expected to be off the board by the end of the supplemental round of the draft, and is among a deep crop of high school middle infielders with plus speed, some bat attributes and solid defensive skills. He ranked among the top 10 prospect in last year’s Area Code Games, and has fortified his reputation with a remarkable senior season.

Meanwhile, Drew Cumberland’s season came to a less ceremonious end, when his Pace High (Milton, Fla.) lost in the state semifinals in Sarasota last week. Cumberland was slowed by a hamstring injury, and had to be taken out of his last high school game in the fifth inning.

The injury wasn’t expected to depress the fleet-footed Cumberland’s draft stock, however, and he could be right there with Kozma, California’s Ryan Dent and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson as prep shortstops drafted in the first 50 picks.