Marcell Ozuna is making a habit of starting slowly, then coming on.
In 2011, he hit .218/.285/.370 in the first half of the season, then turned it on to the tune of .310/.371/.585 in the second half. He started doing the same thing in 2012 as he moved up to the Florida State League, but the good news is it's taken him less time to turn it around.
Ozuna, ranked No. 5 on the Marlins' Top 10 Prospects list, is this week's pick for Prospect Watch Hitter of the Week after going 7-for-20 in six games for Class A Jupiter. Five of those seven hits were home runs, tying him for the Minor League lead for the week. His 14 RBIs also tied for tops in all of the Minors and he stood alone atop the leaderboard in slugging percentage (he finished fifth in OPS).
Ozuna started the year slowly again, hitting .233/.290/.360 with three homers in April. But he hit .280 with six homers in May and already has six homers this month. His 15 homers lead the Florida State League and he's second in RBIs. His home park in Jupiter is not hitter-friendly, so 11 of his 15 bombs have come on the road.