MIAMI -- Things can change on a dime for prospects on any day. Take for example, Marlins prospect Marcell Ozuna: one night he was in Double-A Jacksonville, smacking five homers in 10 games. The next, he was answering questions about getting his first major league hit in his surprise debut (he was called up to replace an injured Giancarlo Stanton).
"This is a new experience," Ozuna said after his debut in Miami on Tuesday. "Since I was a little guy, this was my goal. I was real nervous. When the announcer called my name, I said 'Oh my god.' I feel great."
Playing in the minor leagues is a whirlwind and nothing really prepares you for that sudden debut. The Marlins didn't offer Ozuna much help before the game, merely saying, "Just swing at the ball and get better."
Ozuna knows major-league success can be fleeting, but he's done well for himself through three games, going 4-for-11 (.364) with a double and a mini three-game hit streak. As your typical free-swinging Dominican player, he knows he will stay as long as he hits.
Fantasy owners should not put too much stock in prospects. Often, they're a savior one day and a mere pawn the next.
Just look at third-base prospects Anthony Rendon of the Nationals and Nolan Arenado of the Rockies. Rendon arrived to fill in for Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring), hit .240 in eight games and was sent back down. The Rockies called up Arenado, designated Chris Nelson for assignment and watched Arenado go 3-for-6 with a homer, two RBI and three runs in his second game. Rendon was Arenado two weeks ago and now Arenado is the one sticking around.
For this week's prospect watch, we are going to treat the minor-leaguers as commodities in a stock market (all statistics are through Thursday's games).
Prospects to buy
Prospects to sell
Prospects to hold