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Marcell Ozuna was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 5th after posting a .249/.301/.337 slash line with a 76 wRC+. The move was a curious one, as the Miami Marlins were not playing for anything this season, with a record well below the .500 mark.
The team hopes Ozuna’s stint in the minors is a short one and he can return to the majors shortly, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
"Marcell Ozuna is hitting .286 with a home run since his demotion to Triple A, and Miami hopes it’s a short stay. Ozuna was hitting .249 with four homers and 26 RBI with the Marlins."
Ozuna, in a very small sample size, owns a .286/.286/.476 slash line with a 97 wRC+ in Triple-A. He’s not lighting up minor league pitching, but it should be fun when the Miami Marlins promote him and point to his batting average as the reason they feel he’ll be better equipped to handle major league pitching.
Personally, I think Ozuna would have been better off figuring stuff out in the majors.
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Dee Gordon: Is his regression on its way after All-Star break? – Randy Holt, Statliners
Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon will be in attendance in Cincinnati for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, but he will not be participating in the game itself. Gordon is sitting the festivities out after suffering a thumb injury prior to the break, although he isn’t expected to spend time on the disabled list with the injury. Nonetheless, this is the kind of injury that one does tend to worry about as a nagging type that could inhibit him moving forward.
Even if the injury doesn’t hold Dee Gordon back as the year progresses, there are plenty throughout the world of baseball that appear to be waiting for the regression of the second sacker. This supposedly imminent regression is predicated around Gordon’s astronomical BABIP, which came into the break at .403, easily the highest figure in the league among all position players. (Read More Here)
Fantasy Baseball 1st Half Reactions: NL East – Brad Kelly, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks
With regular season games taking a backseat to All-Star festivities until Friday, I think it is an interesting exercise to identify certain events or players that have caught your attention so far this season. Some guys may have disappointed or surprised you, but taking note of your reactions can be a benefit as the season progresses or for future seasons to come.
We will go division by division throughout the week, up until we get back to regular season action, and back to the grind of the regular season. (Read More Here)
Injured Gordon grateful to represent Marlins at All-Star Game – Fox Sports
Dee Gordon won’t be able to play in this year’s All-Star Game, but he’ll still play an important role for the Miami Marlins by serving as the team’s sole representative at the Midsummer Classic.
An untimely injury Gordon sustained to his thumb on a headfirst slide into first base only three days before the All-Star Game will prevent him from taking the field in the game, but he’s still in Cincinnati representing his team. (Read More Here)
Miami Marlins Midseason Review: Offense – Michael Jong, Fishstripes
The Miami Marlins have had a disappointing first half of the season, and it is easy to put blame on the offense during this time period. The team came into the regular season with a trio of outfielders ready to set the world ablaze, but only one seems to have shown up to the party. And while the club experienced a fiery hot start from their second base acquisition, the team has not had any success in all of two positions at the plate. This simply will not get it done for Miami to start the year.
The Marlins’ offense has thoroughly disappointed. The team’s best player has excelled in a major way, but the rest of the team has been mediocre at best. The Fish were tied for 25th in the league in walk rate among non-pitchers and have a top-10 high strikeout rate, which is never a good combination. Their .129 ISO is 27th in baseball. The Marlins have essentially displayed no power and no ability to walk while striking out too often. As a team, they sound like one awful hitter. (Read More Here)
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