Josh Ockimey Pawtucket Red Sox First Base

       
 
Age: 24
Born: October 18, 1995
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2014 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Indiana commit)
High School: Neumann-Goretti (PA)
ETA: -

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Pronunciation: OCK-uh-mee
First Pro Contract: June 24, 2014 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Chris Calciano
Signing Bonus: $450,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2019
MLFA Eligible: November 2020
   
Pro Debut: June 26, 2014 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @JoshOckimey
Instagram: @josh_ock

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Sturdy, strong build. Looks all of his listed height and weight 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 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 above-average 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, coinciding with reports that new contact lenses greatly improved his vision. More confident with his takes and is recognizing spin earlier. Some reports worry that he is actually too passive; takes a lot of walks, but could perhaps be better off attacking his pitch earlier in the count. Will always have swing-and-miss in game. Struggles mightily against left-handed pitchers. Doesn’t see the ball well against them and swing and miss issues are exasperated even further. Potential below-average hit tool, but will likely play below that especially if he is exposed to any left-handed pitching. Extreme splits, showing much better success against righties.

Power: Plus-to-better 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 that hasn’t 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 as a high schooler.
  Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.

Field
: First base-only defensive profile. Is a work in progress. 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 at best, and likely will be below-average and fit best at DH.

Arm: Fringe-average arm.

Career Notes: Was committed to Indiana. Got off to hot start in 2015, but cooled off in the second half, in part due to South Atlantic League teams employing shifts against him. Was not protected from, then not selected in, 2018 Rule 5 Draft. Participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Ceiling of a platoon 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. Minimizing exposure to left-handed pitching is key to extracting value at the big league level. First-base only profile limits options in a bench role given platoon limitations. 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.


Links
Ockimey, Fisher adjust to life in first spring training (4.6.15)
Josh Ockimey Video (4.7.20015)
Scouting Scratch (10.21.15)
Scouting Scratch (7.14.16)
Ockimey making adjustments after second-half.. (3.23.17)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2014 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 36 112 16 21 3 1 9 17 26 14 37 1 0 0.188 0.282 0.232 0.524
  2015 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 56 199 30 53 13 3 4 38 84 25 78 2 2 0.266 0.349 0.422 0.771
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 117 407 60 92 25 1 18 62 173 88 129 3 1 0.226 0.364 0.425 0.789
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 100 349 56 96 20 2 11 63 153 66 110 1 4 0.275 0.388 0.438 0.827
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 21 31 103 12 28 7 0 3 11 44 17 33 0 0 0.272 0.372 0.427 0.799
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 22 90 311 43 79 19 2 15 56 147 59 112 0 1 0.254 0.370 0.473 0.842
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 22 27 93 10 20 2 0 5 15 37 11 37 1 0 0.215 0.305 0.398 0.703
  2018 Mesa AFL Fall Bos 22 18 64 5 11 2 0 1 9 16 9 26 0 0 0.172 0.280 0.250 0.172
  2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 122 377 64 77 17 2 25 57 183 82 139 0 2 0.204 0.353 0.459 0.811
   
     
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 - - - - 24     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2015 NY-Penn League All-Star
2016 South Atlantic League All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (April 2017)
Carolina League Player of the Week (April 6-16, 2017)
2017 Carolina League All-Star
2017 Carolina League Season-End All-Star
2018 Eastern League All-Star
2018 Portland Sea Dogs MVP
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 11-17, 2016)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 9-15, 2016)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (May 2016)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 6-12, 2016)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 21-27, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 11-17, 2018)
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 4-14, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 29 - August 4, 2019)
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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