When the Miami Marlins called up OF Marcell Ozuna earlier this season not many fantasy baseball fans thought much of it. Well, it has been 39 games and everyone now knows the name of the 22-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic.
Ozuna was originally called up when superstar outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Ozuna has done so well since being added to the team, that when Stanton came back this past Monday, the youngster stayed in center field. Veteran speedster, Juan Pierre, is still over in left field and all of a sudden Miami’s outfield couldn’t look better.
Ozuna currently has a robust .314 batting average. He has also added 13 doubles, two triples, and one home run. The right-fielder may not be the best power stick for fantasy owners in the outfield, but he is a pure hitter and will average around 10-15 hits per week.
The Santo Domingo native is a natural athlete in the outfield and is seemingly making the top-10 on SportsCenter on a weekly basis. He has a cannon for an arm and has looked much faster than his stopwatch times would indicate. His above-average defense will keep him active everyday for fantasy owners, even if his bat starts to slump.
Ozuna is still one kid worth keeping in dynasty leagues. He is getting tons of experience and proving that he can hit big league fastballs on a nightly basis. I wouldn’t lock him up for too long, but he has shown that he is at least worth hanging onto for next season.