We take a look at the 24-year-old Second Baseman Ozzie Albies and preview what we can expect from him during the 2021 season.
The 2020 regular season was an up and down year for Ozzie Albies.
Albies was limited to only 29 games in 2020 mostly in part to a bone bruise on his right wrist. This injury obviously hampered Ozzie early in the season as he could not get comfortable at the plate.
In his first 11 games, Albies had a line of .159/.196/.273 with 1 HR, 4 Rs, and 6 RBIs. That is not the Ozzie Albies that Atlanta Braves fans had come to know and love over the last few years.
Once Ozzie returned off the injury list on September 9, he found a way to finish strong. Over those final 18 games, he slashed .338/.372/.581 with 5 HRs,17 Rs, and 13 RBI.
That is more Ozzie like.
This led to a respectable season line of .271/.306/.466 with 6 HRs, 21 Rs, 19 RBIs, and a 103 wRC+. Overall, a pretty solid year considering he missed 31 games.
However, we know Ozzie. We have seen him do better and know he can better.
Look at his 2019 season where he hit .295/.352/.500 with 24 HRs, 102 Rs, 86 RBIs, 15 SBs, a 116 wrc+, and a 4.6 fWAR.
If Ozzie Albies stays healthy, he could easily replicate this stat line from two seasons ago. In fact, the talent is there for Ozzie to take another step forward and surpass this line.
Especially with what could be another great Braves lineup in 2021. Whether he is batting second in between Ronald Acuña and Freddie Freeman or in the middle of the Braves order, Ozzie Albies figures to be a key piece for the Atlanta Braves in 2021.