Miami Marlins – No. 13
November 12, 1990 |
Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
|April 30, 2013 for the Miami Marlins|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||117|
Marcell Ozuna Idelfonso (born November 12, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball player. An outfielder, Ozuna plays for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. He is the cousin of former MLB player Pablo Ozuna.
Minor League career
On February 15, 2008, Ozuna was signed by the Florida Marlins as a non-drafted free agent. He played for the DSL Marlins that year, where in 63 games, he hit .279 with 6 HR and 43 RBI and 8 SB. In 2009, he played for the GCL Marlins, where in 55 games, he hit .313 with 5 HR and 39 RBI.
Ozuna began 2010 with Single-A Greensboro, but after hurting his wrist after 6 appearances, he returned in June with Short Season Jamestown, where he finished the season. In 74 total games, he hit .258 with 22 HR and 62 RBI. Ozuna spent 2010 with Greensboro, where in 131 games, he hit .266 with 23 HR, 71 RBI and 17 SB.
Ozuna was promoted to A-Advanced Jupiter for the 2011 season, where in 129 games, he hit .266 with 24 HR and 95 RBI. That year, he led the Florida State League in home runs, RBIs, runs scored, and total bases. Ozuna was added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2012. Baseball America rated Ozuna the 75th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season.
Ozuna opened 2013 with Jupiter, but after 4 games, he was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville. Ozuna was named the Southern League's player of the week on April 30, 2013. That same day, the Marlins promoted Ozuna to the major leagues following an injury to Giancarlo Stanton.
Major League career
On April 30, Ozuna made his major league debut, and recorded his first career hit, a single off of Jeremy Hefner of the New York Mets. He hit his first career home run (as well as his first run batted in and run scored), a solo home run off of Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies, in his 5th game. Ozuna was used as the starting right fielder in Stanton's absence. When Stanton returned, Ozuna became the starting center fielder. On July 22, Ozuna was optioned back to Jacksonville. Instead of joining Jacksonville, Ozuna was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a ligament tear and avulsion fracture in his left thumb, which he injured while making a diving catch. On July 26, 2013, Ozuna underwent thumb surgery, in which ended his 2013 season. On September 11, 2014 Marcell Ozuna tied a franchise recored with home runs in four consecutive games.
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