Friday, April 26, 2013

Overwhelming Osuna

    Roberto Osuna may be the youngest player in the Midwest League (and one of only a handful of players born in 1995 playing full-season ball at the moment), but he turned in another dazzling performance on Thursday night that belied his young age.
   Osuna limited Quad Cities to one run over 4 2/3 innings before reaching his pitch limit, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out 8.  His youthfulness may have shown up a bit with 4 wild pitches, but he was dominant on the night, striking out Carlos Correa, the top pick by Houston in the 2012 draft, twice, once swining, and once looking.
   The visiting Lugnuts scored 4 runs in the 6th, en route to a 6-2 win over the River Bandits.  Osuna did not figure in the decision.
   The outing lowered Osuna's ERA to 2.95.  In 18 1/3 innings this spring, he has surrendered 12 hits, walked only 3, and struck out 26.  Osuna has a WHIP of 0.83, and Midwest League batters are hitting only .176 against him.
  With the parent club struggling, it's comforting to know that help is on the way one day.  Having pitched only 43 innings in his professional debut last year, however, it's doubtful that Osuna's timetable will be moved up.  He's likely to spend much of the season in the MWL, with a possible promotion to High A Dunedin a possibility later in the season, where his innings and pitch counts will continue to be strictly monitored.
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