If Marcell Ozuna's breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn't terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we'd named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ "five-tool players."
OK, we'll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, because tenths of a point of partial-season WAR aren't really significant) for the most valuable position player in the National League. Using park-adjusted offensive stats, Ozuna's .322/.373/.578 makes him one of the dozen best hitters in the game, as effective as Mike Trout or Paul Goldschmidt.
Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.