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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 11:51 PM

On Tuesday, the Twins announced that they had acquired middle infielder Daniel Ozoria from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In exchange, the Twins sent hard-throwing reliever John Curtiss who had been designated for assignment a day earlier to make room for Blake Parker. Today you can get to know a little more about the newest member of the Minnesota Twins organization.Below you will find a profile for Daniel Ozario in the form that is found in the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. There is header information with the bio information as well as his 2018 statistics. Tom Froemming wrote up his 2018 recap, as he did throughout the Prospect Handbook. I wrote up the background information and the scouting report as well as the 2019 projection.

Have you purchased the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook yet? If not, why not? There are over 160 of these profiles for the Twins minor leaguers. There are feature stories on the Twins Daily 2018 Minor League Award winners (Alex Kirilloff, Tyler Wells, Andrew Vasquez), and more articles from the likes of Dan Hayes, Chris Blessing, Ted Schwerzler, Cody Christie and Tom Froemming. There is also an article about each of the Twins top five minor league affiliates that are enjoyable. Plus, you get the Top 30 Twins prospect rankings from Cody, Tom, Jeremy Nygaard, and myself. Plus, you can look at my Top 30 Prospect rankings going all the way back to 2015, if only to mock and ridicule me.


DANIEL OZORIA • SHORTSTOP BORN: August 24, 2000
HEIGHT: 5-9 • WEIGHT: 150 BATS: Left • THROWS: Right
HIGHEST LEVEL: Orem (Pioneer League - Rookie (Advanced)
2018 STATS: .195/.248/.218 (.461), 0 HR, 12 RBI, 26.4 K%, 5.2 BB%, 6/12 SB
ACQUIRED: Acquired from the Angels for John Curtiss (1/15/19)


Background: Ozoria grew up in the Dominican capital city of Santo Domingo. While he was not big, scouts saw a young player with great baseball instincts and the ability to play shortstop. He was about as young for the 2016 international signing period as possible. At the time, he was about 5-foot-9 and less than 135 pounds. He made his professional debut in 2017 in the Dominican Summer League where he hit .247/.332/.301 (.633) with six doubles and three triples. He participated in the Angels Instructional League in 2017.

2018 Recap: Ozoria spent all but two games of his 2018 season with the Angels' Arizona League team. He was very young for his level. Not once all season did Ozoria face a pitcher who was younger than he was. He was tested, and the numbers show it. The diminutive Dominican tallied just four extra-base hits in 217 plate appearances on the season. In the field, Ozoria made 33 appearances at shortstop, 13 at second base and five at third base.

Scouting Report: If you look at his biographical information on most baseball sites, it will still show him at about 135 pounds. In the two years since signing, he has added some size and strength and is now up to about 150 pounds. Clearly he will have to continue to grow and add strength over the coming years, but the skills and the tools are there. Again, Ozaria is a real good defensive player. He’s got good hands, and good range. He’s also got a good arm, though strength should help his arm improve to above average. Right now, Ozoria has a nice, smooth swing that can produce line drives from gap-to-gap. The Twins took a flyer on Ozoria, and they will certainly need to exhibit a lot of patience.

Rule 5 eligible: 2021
Free Agent: 2023

Forecast for ‘19: He will start the season at extended spring training and likely stay in Ft. Myers and play for the GCL Twins.


More Notes

One comp that I have heard is Engelb Vielma. If the Twins can turn a DFAd player (Curtiss) into a guy who gets to the big leagues, the player development would deserve a ton of credit. Best case scenario… he could become a Dee Gordon type of player. That would work, right?

I’ve always been told that statistics matter much, much more in the upper levels than the lower levels. In the DSL or the rookie leagues, statistics all need to looked at, but the stats mean less than the tools. So, the fact that he hit .195 in rookie ball as a 17-year-old isn’t something that should scare anyone away.

And, just for fun, here is the profile in the Handbook on former Twins pitcher John Curtiss:

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 12:57 AM

Wish we could re-do the trade and keep Curtiss. Chances are good that the Twins regret this move.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 01:09 AM

5'9", 150, .195/.248/.218 (.461), 0 HR, 12 RBI, 26.4 K%, 5.2 BB%, 6/12 SB

Stats don't matter much? Maybe that is meant to temper expectations of "good" stats.But if they are already tanking, and really tanking, even in rookie ball..... that matters to me.

 

For Curtiss.

 

WTF?


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 01:36 AM

135-150 lbs? I have wet socks that weigh that.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:12 AM

Another disturbing thing is that Ozoria was born 'in the year 2000.' Are we really already to that point in time when prospects were born in 2000? Time flies, dang.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:04 AM

Tom's write up says he bats left handed....the photo has him batting right handed. Switch hitter??

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:29 AM

One comp that I have heard is Engelb Vielma.

 

This is exactly what I thought when I heard of Ozoria.Vielma was a bit taller, but not 150 lbs wet when he came to the Twins :) 

 

I think that Vielma's arm seems to be a bit better, but Ozoria's bat projects better than Vielma's.

 

Good to see the Twins getting a very young guy with some potential and with up to 10+ years of team control (if he pans out.) 

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 08:43 AM

 

5'9", 150, .195/.248/.218 (.461), 0 HR, 12 RBI, 26.4 K%, 5.2 BB%, 6/12 SB

Stats don't matter much? Maybe that is meant to temper expectations of "good" stats.But if they are already tanking, and really tanking, even in rookie ball..... that matters to me.

 

For Curtiss.

 

WTF?

As a 17 year old foreign born prospect, he was younger than the competition. He was a High Schooler playing against College age competition. the average GCL position player is something like 19 and a half. There is a big difference between a 17 year old and a 19 year old body. The stats made me take a little double take but they don't really concern me much.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:00 AM

Baseball America does such a great job at covering international signings. Here's what they wrote about Ozoria at the time of his signing:

 

Dominican shortstop Daniel Ozoria turned 16 on Aug. 24, making him one of the youngest players in the 2016 class. Had he been born more than a week later, he would have had to wait until 2017 to be eligible to sign. The Angels added Ozoria shortly after his 16th birthday on a $125,000. His youth shows in his extremely thin, underdeveloped frame at around 5-foot-9, 135 pounds, but the actions and instincts are there for him to play shortstop. Ozoria has clean hands, a nose for the ball and can make throws on the run from different angles with an average arm. The biggest thing for Ozoria will be getting stronger, which should help his tools, including his arm and fringy speed, improve. That process could take time though, and might hold him back initially at the plate, but he does make contact against live pitching. Ozoria trained with Felito Cueto.

 

The way I see it, this is basically a free lottery ticket. The Twins were going to lose Curtiss either way. Nice to see they got something for him, though it's not like Ozoria would crack my top-50 Twins prospects or anything like that.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:12 AM

Wish we could re-do the trade and keep Curtiss. Chances are good that the Twins regret this move.


Why would they regret this? They DFA'd him to clear a roster spot. They were willing to lose him for nothing. Anything they got is a freebie.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 09:46 AM

 

Why would they regret this? They DFA'd him to clear a roster spot. They were willing to lose him for nothing. Anything they got is a freebie.

I think his argument was we could have let someone else like Magill go instead of Curtiss. I know I'd rather have Curtiss that Magill.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 10:41 AM

Appears to be low level filler fodder and just something to allow the Angels to avoid the claim line.

 

I wish they would have kept Curtiss and dumped Duffey.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 11:48 AM

I think many of us might agree that there were other players/pitchers that they could have DFAd instead of Curtiss... That is all discussed here: 

 

http://twinsdaily.co...-daniel-ozoria/

 

But, once we get passed that, realizing that they got someone for a DFAd player is a positive. As others have said, it's kind of a lottery ticket. Most likely, he won't' get to the big leagues. He may not get out of the rookie leagues. But, maybe he grows and figures out how to get to 160-165, and maybe he can be Alexi Casilla. Maybe he could be Matt Tolbert. Maybe he can be Dee Gordon. We''ll know more in 3-4 years. 

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 01:29 PM

They've probably got a good idea which guys on the fringe of the 40 man are worth something in a trade, and those that are not.Chances are high that none of those fringe guys will be on the roster when camp opens, let alone by mid-season.When they sign Machado (right!) someone else will get DFA'd, but probably not traded.

 

Ozoria is much more intriguing than nothing.Again, they got Parker and Ozoria for Curtiss.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 01:40 PM

Again, they got Parker and Ozoria for Curtiss.

And the Angels seem happy with Curtiss for Parker and Ozoria plus the money saved. I'm especially interested in knowing their views on why they see this as to their advantage. Not that they're going to say.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 01:44 PM

 

And the Angels seem happy with Curtiss for Parker and Ozoria. I'm especially interested in knowing their views on why they see this as to their advantage. Not that they're going to say.

Well, they have a good track record with reclaiming hard-throwing but wild pitchers from the Twins.See: Alex Meyer.

 

We're just a bunch of old farmers sitting around the coffee shop in the cold of winter, arguing about the price of combine parts.The Lukewarm Folgers League.

 

 

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 02:55 PM

I think his argument was we could have let someone else like Magill go instead of Curtiss. I know I'd rather have Curtiss that Magill.

Or Granite
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 03:35 PM


We're just a bunch of old farmers sitting around the coffee shop in the cold of winter, arguing about the price of combine parts. The Lukewarm Folgers League.


Lol. That made me laugh out loud on the train.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:17 PM

 

Appears to be low level filler fodder and just something to allow the Angels to avoid the claim line.

 

I wish they would have kept Curtiss and dumped Duffey.

 

Yet Zach "throw it to a base where nobody is" Granite is still deemed needed, when he could have been DFA'd. Go figure.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:20 PM

 

Ozoria is much more intriguing than nothing.Again, they got Parker and Ozoria for Curtiss.

 

Yup. Gives Twins fans another player to talk about for 5-8 years before he is released or dumped. Intriguing, but probablay a huge waste of time.




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