High Class A Jupiter outfielder Marcell Ozuna enhanced his OPS by more than 200 points in May (.892) compared with his April output (.651). The needle continues trending up for the 21-year-old Marlins slugger so far in June. Ozuna went 3-for-4 Sunday versus Bradenton and connected for three home runs, a rare occurrence in Florida State League play.
|THREE-HOMER GAMES IN THE MINORS THIS SEASON
|A.J. Kirby Jones||OAK||Stockton||California||HiA||4/18|
|Steve Proscia||SEA||High Desert||California||HiA||4/19|
|Chris Carter||OAK||Sacramento||Pacific Coast||AAA||4/22|
|Ross Wilson||CWS||Kannapolis||South Atlantic||LoA||4/27|
|Moises Sierra||TOR||Las Vegas||Pacific Coast||AAA||6/1|
|Mike Hessman||HOU||Okla. City||Pacific Coast||AAA||6/3|
|Marcell Ozuna||FLA||Jupiter||Florida State||HiA||6/10|
Ozuna hit all three home runs to left field, smashing a three-run shot in the first inning against Marauders righthander Tyler Waldron, then victimizing Waldron for a solo shot in the third, then taking righty Hunter Strickland deep for a two-run shot in the seventh. Ozuna drove in six runs, and in his other two plate appearances he struck out and got hit by a pitch.
Ozuna's outburst thrust him into the FSL lead with 13 home runs. He won a home run title previously in the 2010 short-season New York-Penn League.
Of the 11 three-homer games in the minors this season, three occurred in the California League and three more happened in the Pacific Coast League. The International League has two entries and the Eastern and South Atlantic leagues make one appearance each.