Marcell Ozuna St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 29 (November 12, 1990) | 6' 1" | 225lbs. | Bats: Right OF-129 LF-129 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIA AAA 2015 33 120 21 38 11 23 12 1 5 11 1 0 .317 .379 .558 8 17 .359 n/a
MIA NL 2015 123 459 47 119 30 110 27 0 10 44 2 3 .259 .308 .383 6 22 .320 48/21/31 10 11
MIA NL 2016 148 557 75 148 43 115 23 6 23 76 0 3 .266 .321 .452 7 19 .296 44/20/37 17 18
MIA NL 2017 159 613 93 191 64 144 30 2 37 124 1 3 .312 .376 .548 9 21 .355 47/19/34 35 32
STL NL 2018 148 582 69 163 38 110 16 2 23 88 3 0 .280 .325 .433 6 18 .309 47/18/35 24 23
STL AAA 2019 3 9 3 4 2 0 1 0 1 6 0 0 .444 .583 .889 17 0 .375 n/a
STL NL 2019 130 485 80 118 62 114 23 1 29 89 12 2 .243 .330 .474 11 21 .259 41/23/35 22 20
Career 7yrs 931 3536 467 964 291 814 162 20 148 538 26 13 .273 .329 .455 8 21 .315 n/a
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Ozuna's team is using analytics to sell him as better than his back-of-the-baseball-card stats would show: https://nypost.com/2019/11/19/marcell-ozuna-among-players-smartly-embracing-analytics-in-mlb-free-agency/

Kent Ostby Seadogs

So much good stuff here ... https://twitter.com/MLB/status/1192968848401674240

My favorite is the Ozuna fail ... (it's actually shocking how close he came to getting a glove on the ball!) ... with the Neo-look-alike a very close 2nd đź™‚

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nov 9

Oh I think it's very measurable -- how far does the ball go, on average, when it leaves the bat at a certain speed at a certain launch angle, in a certain ballpark under certain atmospheric conditions, struck by batters of a certain dimension, batting left or right against lefties or righties -- and if a ball hit with exactly those parameters travels not quite as far, it's fair to say it's not quite as lively.

Statcast even knows how the speed in mid-flight compares to exit speed.

It probably measures top spin vs. back spin, another variable.

Each front office has all of this information the second the ball leaves the bat. Somebody looking at a computer last night in Houston knew the game was over before the crowd did.

That might be an exaggeration. Everyone knew the game was over at the sound of the bat (which probably is also measured).  

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 14

That seems silly.  I'm not a physicist, but I would suspect it would be a ratio by which the ball would travel less - and the ratio might not be linear.  It wouldn't be the same number of feet regardless of all other factors.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 13

Craig Edwatds at Fangraphs:

Ahead of the second game of the NLCS, I asked Cardinals manager Mike Shildt about a couple hard hit balls in the first game of the series, whether balls were carrying as far in October, and how it might impact his on-field decisions. He confirmed some of the suspicions about the dead ball.

"I thought Ozuna got his ball, based on the sound, based on the swing. But clearly it didn’t get out. And you kind of realized then we were dealing with an evening where the ball wasn’t going to carry as much. I guess — I don’t guess, our front office analytical group is saying the ball’s not traveling at about a four-and-a-half foot difference." 

Italics mine.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13

He's been making amends with his bat ever since. Six homers in his last seven games.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 19

CBS thinks he's healthy - bid up to 26

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mar 3

cost

jeff merk jeffamerk
Feb 17

From the Associated Press today:

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna will be on a limited throwing program to start the spring but is expected to be ready for Opening Day, manager Mike Shildt said Saturday.

... Shildt isn't at all worried that the slugger won't be ready when the Cardinals open the season at Milwaukee on March 28.

"Hasn't caused me a wink of sleep."

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 16