As a result of John Lamb’s promotion to Double A Northwest Arkansas, the Naturals needed to clear a roster space. The solution: lefty Rule V pick Edgar Osuna gets to move up to Triple A Omaha.
The 22 year old made 17 starts for the Naturals, going 6-2. Over 94.2 innings, Osuna put up a 2.95 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP. He showed remarkable control, walking only 11 batters total.
Osuna was selected from the Braves system and after getting a shot to make the team out of spring training, he was offered back when he didn’t make the major league roster. The Braves refused so the Royals kept him around, and Osuna’s been a strong member of the rotation in Double A since.
|Rk (3 seasons)||5||4||1.98||9||77.1||23||17||4||12||88||1.099||8.5||1.4||10.2||7.33|
|AA (2 seasons)||10||6||3.30||29||172.0||86||63||18||32||113||1.192||9.1||1.7||5.9||3.53|
|A (1 season)||10||5||3.38||14||125.1||53||47||9||31||135||1.221||8.8||2.2||9.7||4.35|
|A+ (1 season)||3||6||4.33||14||72.2||40||35||4||14||56||1.321||10.2||1.7||6.9||4.00|
Osuna utilizes a curveball and changeup to get around the fact that his fastball leaves a lot to be desired, velocity-wise (it tops out in the mid-80s). Baseball America calls his curve a plus pitch and likens his changeup to a Bugs Bunny pitch, so Osuna’s game is all about timing, changing speeds and keeping hitters off balance. Earlier in the year, RoyalsAuthority compared him to perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden.
Once rosters expand in September, Osuna could be added to the 40 man roster (especially if the Royals make any trades before the deadline that would free up a spot). It all depends on how he does in Omaha. With a strong walk rate and a not-so-bad strikeout rate, he may get that opportunity.