Marcell Ozuna rebounded from a disappointing 2015 campaign to essentially match his breakout 2014 season, showing latent skills growth in the process. The 26-year-old's future is back on the upswing. He walked more and whiffed significantly less than in the previous season. It's the improved contact rate that's most intriguing. The only negative last season was a 20-point drop in BABIP for the second straight year. Assuming a great deal of that is variance, if Ozuna maintains most or all his contact gains, what looks to be a stable average in the .265 range could head north quickly with a BABIP reversion. While the power drop in 2015 can't be ignored, it can be discounted meaning there could be a buying opportunity if the market doesn't similarly adjust. Plus, Ozuna is lofting a few more flyballs away from challenging the 30-homer mark, and he's at an age where this often occurs. Don't hesitate to cast a line toward him.
Ozuna went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Padres. His impressive April continues, as Ozuna is now slashing .333/.377/.635 through 16 games with six homers, eight runs scored and 20 RBI. His .385 BABIP is bound to fall, but the 26-year-old's run production should stay strong if he can maintain even some of the gains he's shown in his career-high .302 ISO thus far.
Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Mets. He also climbed the wall in left field in the fifth inning to rob Wilmer Flores of extra bases and preserve what was at the time a no-hit bid by Dan Straily. Ozuna's now slashing a spectacular .404/.453/.745 through 12 games with five homers and 18 RBI.
Ozuna went 2-for-6 with two walks and a grand slam in Thursday's extra-inning loss to the Mets. He cleared the bases in his first at-bat by pulverizing a Robert Gsellman fastball, sending it over the left-field wall with a 110 mph exit velocity, and the Mets mostly refused to pitch to the 26-year-old for the next 15 innings. Ozuna is off to a blistering start to 2017, slashing .389/.452/.722 through nine games with four homers and an MLB-leading 16 RBI.
Ozuna went 2-for-2 with two home runs, six RBI and a walk during Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Braves. Ozuna plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before launching a three-run homer to right in the third and a two-run job to left in the fifth. The 26-year-old entered the game batting a robust .375 and upped that to .423 to go along with a Major League-leading 12 RBI after this monster performance.
Ozuna went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year, a walk, two RBI and two runs against the Mets on Saturday. He's opened the season with a five-game hitting streak that has him at .429 with six RBI. Ozuna is an interesting case for fantasy purposes, as he's had some extreme hot streaks that have made him look like a potential star, but also some major slumps that have taken the shine off his numbers. It's worth considering the possibility that he's essentially reached his ceiling as a hitter; after all, he's posted stunningly consistent numbers throughout his pro career. Ozuna's MLB slash line last year was .266/.321/.452; his career line in the minors is .276/.336/.492, and that's buoyed noticeably by the numbers he put up over 33 games after being demoted to Triple-A midseason in 2015.
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