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Marlins | Marcell Ozuna under the radar

Miami Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna has impressed scouts after being thrown into the mix thanks to OF Giancarlo Stanton's (hamstring) injury. One scout described Ozuna as "Yasiel Puig, minus the hype." Ozuna had played only 24 games above Class A ball but has a slash line of .326/.370/.473 after 34 games with the Marlins. Ozuna could push the team to get rid of Stanton after this season. "When he first came up, if he got into a 3-1 count or 3-2, you could throw a pitch anywhere -- in the dirt, a foot outside -- and he'd still swing at it," hitting coach Tino Martinez said. "But you tell this kid something, he gets it. About two and a half weeks ago, we talked before his first at-bat about looking for a pitch he could drive. Instead, he swings at a pitcher's pitch, rolls it over to the shortstop and comes in and says, 'How did I do?' I said, 'Terrible,' although I might have used some other words than 'terrible.' I said, 'I told you to look for a ball to drive.' He listened, and it was like, from that moment on, that was it. He's been a totally different player. That's not coaching. That's listening."

Fantasy Tip: Ozuna has impressed us, but his results are still under a small sample size. There is room for regression, especially since it looks as though he's here to stay, even when Stanton returns from the DL. The fact that Ozuna should remain in the picture will give him long-term value in deep mixed leagues, though.

2013-06-07 11:56:59 | Source: ESPN.com - Jayson Stark

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