Thoughts on Josh Ockimey, 1B, Greenville

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Hey guys, I’ve seen the Greenville Drive (Red Sox) 4 times so far in 2016 and the plan was to do an article on the infielders and an article on the outfielders writing my thoughts on each of the players. The problem, 1B) Josh Ockimey was getting too long and I think Michael Chavis will as well.  So I’ll just have to release some of these individually.

 

1B) Josh Ockimey – Age 20, listed 6’1″ 215 lbs (I think he’s 10 to 15 lbs heavier than that, but he appears to be in excellent shape).  He bats left and throws right.  Ockimey was drafted out of high school in Philadelphia in the 5th round of the 2014 draft.

At the dish he hits with a bit of a crouch and a semi open stance, he has a long left handed swing with lift and the ball really jumps off of his bat.  He’s got above average bat speed and his strong wrists whip the bat through the zone.  He puts on a show in BP and has plus raw power.  In game Ockimey sprays the ball between the gaps with hard hit line drives and fly balls, he’s not selling out for power instead taking what the pitcher’s giving him.

It’s still a small sample but he’s making significantly better contact so far in 2016 compared to last year in Lowell 19.7 K% instead of 33.6%.  I think he’s doing a slightly better job at staying back and letting the ball travel a little bit.  He’s hitting more balls the other way and his ground balls are down currently 34.7% vs 38.3% last yr  (not rolling over the outside pitch trying to pull it).  His current ISO is .322 up from .156.  He’s struggling to pick up spin, but his walks are way up, an indicator he’s swinging less and getting himself into more favorable counts.

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Defensively he’s limited to 1st base, he’s shown pretty good foot work, but he’s got stiff hands.

Ockimey is a below average runner.

There’s a lot of pressure on Ockimey’s bat being 1st base only.  I like what I’ve seen so far but he needs to continue to work on the pitch recognition.  I think there’s a chance his hit tool could play as high as average and if it does he could be .260 ish 25-30 bombs type of player.  Good chance he becomes the strong side of a platoon as well.

Here we get many good looks at his swing, courtesy of MassLive.com

Coming up on notes is a look at Michael Chavis.  Also I’ll be getting my 1st look at Hagerstown tomorrow and Wednesday I’ll have a preview up in the morning.  And there will be a 1st impression post on Victor Robles and maybe some others.