October 18, 1995
5th round, 2014
School: Neumann-Goretti HS (PA)
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Ockimey, Fisher adjust to life in first spring training (4.6.15)
Scouting Scratch (10.21.15)
Scouting Scratch: Josh Ockimey (7.14.16)
Physical Description: Sturdy, strong build. Looks all of
his listed 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and still might have a little more
projection, especially in his lower half. Transformed his body during the
2015-2016 offseason, adding significant muscle, particularly in his upper
body. No longer has the soft body that led to projection concerns.
Hit: Starts with a slightly open, more vertical stance
than the one he employed when drafted. Utilizes a toe tap with a short
stride and his hands high, with short movement back and up to end in a
good hitting zone. Will sometimes use a small leg lift early in the count
rather than the toe tap. Swing does have a little bit of hook in it, as he
likes to get his hands out and looks primarily to pull the ball. Opposing
teams already started shifting him to pull in his first full season. Could
do a better job utilizing his lower half in his swing. Has quick hands and
plus bat speed. Hands work well at the plate and has lift in his swing
path. Likes to get his hands extended, causing him some trouble with balls
on the inner half. Approach improved in first full season. More confident
with his takes and is recognizing spin earlier, not surprisingly at the
same time that reports have him starting to wear contact lenses that
greatly improve his vision. Will always have swing and miss in game, but
has cut down on it considerably already. Potential fringe-average hit tool if
everything breaks right, but will likely play below that.
Power: Plus-plus raw power. Shows easy pull-side power,
depositing the ball well over the fence. Will flash some power the other
way as well during batting practice, but hasnít translated in game. Plus
power potential capable of hitting 20-25 home runs a year and could
approach 30 a year in his peak. Reportedly hit several monstrous
opposite-field home runs at Fenway Park during a pre-draft workout.
Arm: Average arm.
First-base only defensive profile, but is a work in progress there. Lacks
natural instincts. Hands are not the softest, but will make the routine
plays and has improved at picking balls in the dirt. Projects as a
fringe-average defender, but given the progress he has already made and
work ethic he has shown, that could change.
Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.
Summation: Potential regular, everyday player, but value is
almost all tied up in his bat. Power potential is impressive, but how much
that plays in game will depend on how his hit tool develops. Excellent
makeup and work ethic, is always out early before games getting extra work
with the coaches and has shown willingness to put in the time to transform
his body physically. If everything breaks right, has a chance to hit for
power and enough average to hold down a job at first base or even
designated hitter if his defense does not develop further.