Marcell Ozuna’s First 162 stats:
Teams for First 162: MIA
Teams overall: MIA, STL
Analysis: Ozuna, in my opinion, is the top most underrated player in baseball. You never hear his name but, he silently becomes a leader in the LF position. 2017 was definitely a huge year for him as that was his free agency year, showing off his highest ceiling possible which landed him 15th in MVP voting. Though his First 162 told a bit of a different story than his last year with his homegrown team.
In his First 162, the most interesting stat is probably his 156 Ks. That is 25.5% of the time that he was striking out. While this was a ridiculous amount of strikeouts, but his amazing MVP quality season in 2017, he was striking out 23.5% of the time as well. So even though Ozuna seems go be just free swinging, he’s showing us that his strikeouts are not what is holding back his ceiling from shining through every year.
He seemed to just be hitting with way more power in his 2017 season more than ever before. Hitting 37 homers and a stunning .548 SLG. His BAbip is actually .355 compared his actual batting average of .312. So he was really doing well when putting the ball in play. Let’s just say Ozuna was so good that if the Marlins had just 9 Marcell Ozunas playing everyday in 2017, they would have won 110 games. He was a dominant force in the National League.
Overall, Ozuna seemed to really show off his ceiling in his free agency year for the Marlins but, seemed to deflate a bit this year as his BAbip, as well looked at earlier, has gone down around .045 points. Though, a .310 BAbip is nothing to be shy about.