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-2 with a solo home run, his fourth long ball of the spring, and came around to score on a walk in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves. He continues to enjoy a solid spring, hitting .316/.357/.684 through 38 at-bats. Ozuna primarily hit fourth or fifth last season for the Marlins, and the 26-year-old should once again slot into the heart of a young and improving batting order in Miami, giving him a shot at matching or topping his career high of 85 RBI.
Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer, his third blast of the spring, in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. Ozuna is hitting .294 with a .618 slugging percentage in 34 spring at-bats, although his 1:8 BB:K suggests he's still got some work to do to get ready for Opening Day. The 26-year-old posted career bests in walk rate (7.1 percent) and strikeout rate (18.9 percent) last year, however, and further development of his plate discipline could allow him to take his game to the next level in 2017.
Ozuna went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. The two-baggers came against Noah Syndergaard and Robert Gsellman, so Ozuna gets extra credit for the level of competition he was facing. The Marlins left fielder is now hitting .286 with a .571 SLG through 28 spring at-bats, and is rounding into form nicely with Opening Day still a couple of weeks away.
Ozuna went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a solo home run, his second blast of the spring, in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The homer came off top St. Louis prospect Luke Weaver, but Ozuna is only hitting .240 (6-for-25) so far on the spring with a discouraging 0:6 BB:K. On the bright side, his two home runs already ties his previous best during Grapefruit League play, set each of the last three years. The 26-year-old has slugged 23 home runs in two of the last three regular seasons and may still have some upside, but it's also possible Ozuna has already reached his ceiling as a hitter.
Ozuna went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. He's 3-for-10 to begin the spring, but Friday's shot was his first spring homer. Ozuna tied his career high with 23 home runs in 2016, but the Marlins will be looking for a little more from their 26-year-old left fielder this season.