Ockimey posted a .274/.385/.436/.820 line with 14 homers, 27 doubles, two triples and 74 RBI over 131 games in 2017 between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Ockimey's power potential jumps out; he's hit 32 home runs over the last seasons, but the highlight in 2017 was being a consistent hitter from April to September. The 22-year-old first baseman didn't experience a second-half drop as he did in 2016 and there was more use of all fields (2017 spray chart v. 2016 spray chart). First base-only prospects are not en vogue among fantasy players, but Ockimey's power is intriguing. There isn't a long-term first base solution in place at the major-league level, so Ockimey is a prospect of interest in Boston's organization. He's expected to begin the season in Portland and will be in a position to hit the majors by 2019.
Ockimey, 21, is batting .276/.393/.437 with eight home runs and 54 RBI through 83 games for High-A Salem. Ockimey continues to show an eagle eye at the dish, as he is fourth in the Carolina League in walks. It is also encouraging to see him hitting well above the Mendoza Line after batting just .226 in 2016. Unfortunately, his raw power still hasn't quite translated to a plethora of home runs, which limits his upside.
Ockimey went 17-for-38 with five extra-base hits, 10 RBI and eight runs over 10 games for High-A Salem to earn Carolina League Player of the Week for April 6-16, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Ockimey had a severe first half-second half split at Low-A Greenville in 2016, finishing up with a slash line of .152/.291/.349 after the All-Star break. His start to 2017 is encouraging, but we'll need to see the first base prospect sustain solid numbers over a full season.
Ockimey is hitting .154/.290/.314/.604 in 43 games since the All-Star break. Ockimey, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, emerged as a power prospect in 2016, but it looks like opponents are catching up to him. He has just one homer in the last 27 games.
Ockimey has been facing an infield shift in the Low-A South Atlantic League, Ian Cundall of SoxProspects.com reports. The book is out on Ockimey early -- he's a pull-happy hitter, albeit one with intriguing power potential. Looking at his spray chart, nearly all of his groundballs are to the right side of the infield. The power stroke makes him a top-10 prospect in the organization, but developing more of an all-fields approach is something he needs to work on. Ockimey also needs to be better against left-handers, who have held him to a .211 average in 57 at-bats.
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