CHICAGO -- Plate discipline might never be one of Marcell Ozuna’s strong suits.
He’s a free swinger who often chases bad pitches, and he’s usually cranking from the moment he steps in the box.
But the Marlins can live with that as long as he continues to produce.
“Right now, he benefits from being aggressive, and I don’t think you ever want to take the aggressiveness away from guys,” manager Mike Redmond said of Ozuna, who is on a hitting tear. “ Vladimir Guerrero was an aggressive hitter. He swung at everything, and he ended up having a pretty good career.”
Over his past 14 games, Ozuna is hitting .353 with five homers and 16 RBI.
“His best tool for me,” Redmond said, “is he has the ability to forget, and if he has a bad at-bat, he’s able to turn the page and come back ... and get a big hit — and he’s gotten some big hits for us.”
Ozuna began the day Friday with the same number of home runs (11) and RBI (39) as Angels superstar Mike Trout.
The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had 11 homers and 40 RBI.
While the Marlins used their first-round draft pick on pitcher Tyler Kolek and selected four college lefties on the second day of the draft, they went hard on middle infielders, selecting three shortstops and a second baseman.
“I think that’s probably looking at a system where we’re a little deficient,” said Stan Meek, Marlins vice president of scouting. “We felt like it was an area of need, and so we kind of started focusing there.”
It was a bit of a change for the Marlins, who normally go heavy on pitching.
“We felt like we had a little more depth of pitching,” Meek said. “We felt [this year] if it’s all equal, let’s try some position players. Normally, we say if all is equal, let’s taking pitching. But this time we felt like we should lean more toward the position guys.”
The Marlins also drafted a catcher and two outfielders on the first two days of the draft.
One of the shortstops taken by the Marlins: Anfernee Seymour from Plantation American Heritage. Seymour went in the seventh round.
• Saturday: Marlins LHP Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.38 ERA) at Chicago Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 2.54), 4:05 p.m., Wrigley Field.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.62) at Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.00), 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field.