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Marcell Ozuna Becoming Part Of Miami Marlins’ Future Outfield

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When the Miami Marlins lost Marcell Ozuna for the year in 2013, it really hurt the lineup because he was starting to have a good year. In 2014, Ozuna is picking up right where he left off, and he is really putting a crippling headlock on the outfield prospects the Marlins have in the farm system.

His potential is starting to come to fruition slowly as he is becoming one of the best-kept secrets on this Marlins team. Ozuna is batting .276/.323/.463 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs. He is the second-best power hitter on the Marlins behind Giancarlo Stanton, and the combination is starting to become dangerous.

As the season goes on, Ozuna is only getting better. This month alone, Ozuna is batting .348/.400/.522 with six RBIs. He has only struck out 11 times in 50 at-bats, and has a season-high five doubles. It is going to be a good season for the Marlins if Ozuna can stay healthy.

Surrounding Stanton with another hot hitter like Ozuna is going to do wonders for the Marlins in the future. His 15 home runs is a sure sign of that. Ozuna is also making it difficult for young outfielders to make their way through the system.

Miami’s No. 3 prospect Jake Marisnick is suddenly blocked from coming up to play full-time. Miami has a solid outfielder in Ozuna, and it looks like he is going to be a cornerstone for the team for the rest of the season.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.