NEIL KOZIKOWSKI
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: May 26, 1995
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 8th Round, 239th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Avon Old Farms School (CT)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Kozikowski played prep ball in Connecticut, which produces very little baseball talent.  Even so, Baseball America did not list him among the top 20 prospects in lower New England, so he apparently flew under the radar.  He has good size and a good build, with a fastball that has reached 92 but is mainly from 86-88.  Kozikowski has a good change and a potentially good breaking ball.  He also threw a cutter at the time of the draft.  He throws from a 3/4 slot.  The Pirates no doubt regard him as projectable.  He has a commitment to Virginia Commonwealth University, but signed for $425,000, well over the slot amount of $155,400.

2013
R:  1-1-0, 2.63 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 24.0 IP, 1.1 BB/9, 4.9 K/9

Kozikowski had a good debut, showing very good control.  He didn’t miss many bats, but that’s not unusual for some of the Pirates “projectable” HS pitchers.  He had a large reverse platoon split, but the sample size was small so it may not mean anything.

Kozikowski is likely to move up to Jamestown in 2014.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $425,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2013: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round, 239th overall pick; signed on June 21.