Jun 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna (13) reacts after being called out by home plate umpireAngel Hernandez
(55) during the sixth inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Number 5: Marcell Ozuna
By the end of 2014, Marcell Ozuna had quickly matured into one of the most well-rounded center fielders in baseball. Ozuna slashed .269/.317/.455 with 23 homers and 85 RBI, holding a 3.7 WAR. In his sophomore season, he all but slumped.
His ‘slump’ came a year late, in his junior season with the Marlins. The power numbers went down, with just four homers in 79 games, posting an ISO of just .088 compared to his .186 ISO from last year. His average dropped 20 points and as of now, Ozuna owns just a 0.4 WAR.
So the Marlins sent him down, and kept him there……where he still plays in Triple-A New Orleans. Because he hasn’t produced with the Marlins yet this season, he still remains as one of the team’s biggest disappointments.
Although it looks as if Ozuna has regained his power stroke and upped his average with the Zephyrs, Miami seems to be working around his arbitration situation, in effort to save the franchise money.
Haven’t heard that before.