Josh Ockimey Pawtucket Red Sox  |  First Base


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Age: 23
Born: October 18, 1995
Philadelphia, PA
Height: 6-1
Weight: 227
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th round, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High 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 (7.14.16)
Ockimey making adjustments after second-half.. (3.23.17)

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, but has cut down on it considerably. Potential fringe-average hit tool if everything breaks right, but will likely play below that.

Power: 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 that 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 as a high schooler.

Arm: Fringe-average arm.

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, but given the progress he has already made and work ethic he has shown, that could change.

Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.

Career Notes: 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. Participated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Ceiling of an everyday regular, 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.

  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 17 21 3 1 0 17 26 14 37 1 0 0.188 0.292 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
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: OCK-uh-mee
First Pro Contract:
June 24, 2014 by Chris Calciano
Signing Bonus: $450,000
MiLB Debut: June 26, 2014 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2018):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
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 Awards Player of the Week (April 11-17, 2016) Player of the Week (May 9-15, 2016) Player of the Month (May 2016) Player of the Week (June 6-12, 2016) Player of the Week (May 21-27, 2018) Player of the Week (June 11-17, 2018)
2018 All-Star






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