Miami Marlins Round Table Discussion (Part 1): When Will Jose Fernandez Return?

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Jul 21, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich (center), right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (left) and center fielder Marcell Ozuna (13) celebrate defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-1 in extra innings at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

2. Marcell Ozuna or Christian Yelich, which one is more susceptible for a let down year?

Ehsan Kassim: Marcell Ozuna is more susceptible, in my opinion. Yelich seems to have a more sound overall game, which does not depend on one tool. Ozuna could be in trouble if his BABIP or power slip up, even a little. Also, it’ll be interesting to see if he can maintain his strong defense in center for a second straight year.

Travis Honeycutt: Marcell Ozuna. He will sadly show that he is more of the hitter he was in 2013 than he was last year. He’ll still hit a dozen or so home runs, but I’ve predicted a down year for him this whole offseason. Ichiro might actually take his CF job by the All-Star break. Sorry, #MarlinFamily.

Daniel Zylberkan: Ozuna although he makes some great contact he still has problems with plate discipline, pitch recognition and approach. For Ozuna to become the kind of player he can be he needs to make more contact and strikeout much less. 

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  • Miller Lepree: Just like everyone else said. Ozuna strikes out more and is much less disciplined, making him prone to extended slumps.

    David Polakoff: Ozuna is more susceptible to a down year. Yelich’s eye, speed, and defense can propel him to a decent season even if he doesn’t hit as much as last year, but if Ozuna’s K rate increases, or pitchers start throwing differently to him given that he’ll likely have Saltalamacchia behind him, that could be a problem.

    Dillon Murrell: Christian Yelich has a very high floor. His plate discipline, hit tool, speed, and defense mean he’ll always be at least league average. Some people might argue that Ozuna has a higher ceiling, and they’re probably not wrong, but the contact issues definitely make him more prone to down years. His defense in centerfield and quality of contact also make him pretty safe, but people are now expecting him to be a borderline star, so even if he’s just league average that would be a let down.

    Michael Sonbeek: Marcell Ozuna. Simply because you can’t bet against Yelich.