Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Thu 5/14/20 10:33 AM

Ozuna could see significant action at designated hitter if the universal DH is part of a shortened MLB season, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Austin Riley is viewed as the likely top option to DH, Ozuna's somewhat shaky defense in left field could make Atlanta consider him for the spot as well. With veterans Nick Markakis and Adam Duvall on the bench, and top prospects Drew Waters and Cristian Pache potentially part of a taxi squad if the minor-league season is canceled, the roster would have plenty of outfield depth to cover any potential shift to DH for Ozuna.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Fri 3/20/20 12:51 PM

Ozuna was having a rough spring at the plate when MLB was put on pause, hitting .083 (2-for-24) with no extra-base hits and a 1:12 BB:K.

EDGE Analysis

If he were a kid trying to crack the roster for the first time that kind of performance would be worrisome, but Ozuna's track record suggests it was just a matter of time before he found his rhythm, although the interruption in the schedule could reset that clock back to zero. After slugging at least 23 homers in four straight years, the 29-year-old is set to hold down a spot in the heart of Atlanta's batting order once the regular season finally begins.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Tue 1/21/20 7:18 PM

Ozuna agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna will join his third organization after recording .241/.328/.472 slash line with 29 homers and 89 RBI in 130 games with the Cardinals in 2019. The veteran outfielder is still considered one of the league's premier power hitters after averaging 30 home runs and 100 RBI over the past three years. Ozuna figures to slot into the cleanup spot following the departure of Josh Donaldson, while the Braves plan to use him as their everyday left fielder, per David O'Brien of The Athletic.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Tue 11/12/19 12:30 PM

Ozuna will not accept the Cardinals' qualifying offer, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna isn't at the same elite level as some players who were tendered qualifying offers, but he's evidently generating enough interest around the league that he won't have to settle for the one-year deal. Per Heyman's report, seven teams, including the Cardinals, have talked to the outfielder about a multi-year deal.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Mon 11/4/19 5:41 PM

Ozuna was given a qualifying offer by the Cardinals on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

The draft-pick penalty which will now be attached to Ozuna could potentially compel him to accept the offer. He's a good hitter but not an elite one, having posted a wRC+ above 110 just once in the last five seasons, so teams could be hesitant to give up a pick to sign him to a long-term deal heading into his age-29 season.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Wed 9/25/19 1:00 PM

Ozuna is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna is one of multiple starters sitting for the Cardinals on Wednesday. The outfielder played all 19 innings during Tuesday's 3-2 loss, going 0-for-6 with a pair of walks. Tyler O'Neill is starting in left field and hitting fifth in his stead.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Tue 9/24/19 4:01 PM

Ozuna went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and a run in a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna didn't partake in the Cardinals' four-homer barrage, but he made more than his fair share of contributions. Ozuna had gone just 1-for-23 over the six games prior to Monday and is still hitting a miserable .148 (12-for-81) in September even when factoring in Monday's breakout. However, with eight of his 12 hits during the month going for extra bases (three doubles, five home runs), Ozuna has managed to compile a solid 11 RBI.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Sat 9/21/19 7:12 PM

Ozuna went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 9-8 victory over the Cubs on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna put the Cardinals in front 7-6 with a seventh-inning home run off Kyle Ryan. The 28-year-old had been slumping, going 6-for-45 with two home runs since Sept. 8. For the season, Ozuna is slashing .243/.325/.483 with 88 RBI in 460 at-bats.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Tue 9/17/19 2:49 PM

Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a two-run, ground-rule double and a two-run home run in a win over the Nationals on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna was responsible for all of the Cardinals' runs in the critical win, with his seventh-inning two-bagger snapping a 2-2 tie. The slugging outfielder has left the yard twice in the last five games, but Monday's multi-hit effort was only his second of September.

Marcell Ozuna
LF ATL
Thu 9/12/19 10:28 PM

Ozuna went 1-for-3 with two walks, a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Ozuna took Tim Melville deep in the third inning to record his 27th homer of the season. While he's recorded only six hits in his last 41 at-bats, Ozuna has still managed to hit three home runs in that span. For the season, he's maintained a .254/.33/.495 line across 478 plate appearances while also chipping in 74 runs scored and 82 RBI.