Roberto Osuna, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Toronto Blue Jays, #54
Date of Birth: 2/7/1995
Birthplace: Juan Jose Rios, Sinaloa, Mexico
Current Salary: $552,400
Roberto Osuna, relief pitcher/closer for the Toronto Blue Jays, quit school at the age of twelve and went to work to help support his family. By the age of 16, he was playing professional baseball in the Mexican League, joining his father who was a pitcher in the league for twenty-two years.
Osuna signed with the Blue Jays in August, 2011. He pitched in their minor league system from 2011 through 2014. His 2013 and 2014 seasons were cut short by Tommy John surgery. As a minor league pitcher, he had a 4.55 ERA, a 5-8 record, and 144 strikeouts to 46 walks in 128.2 innings in 43 games.
Osuna pitched in 68 games with the Blue Jays in 2015. He finished the season with 20 saves, 75 strikeouts to 16 walks, and a 2.58 ERA in 69.2 innings. In 7 postseason games, he pitched 8.1 innings and gave up 3 hits, including a home run, and 2 runs. He had one save and a 2.16 ERA.
Osuna finished the 2016 season with a 2.68 ERA in 72 games with the Blue Jays. He had 4 wins to 3 losses, 36 saves, and 82 strikeouts to 14 walks in 74.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 9.0 innings in 7 games and he gave up 4 hits and no runs.
Career pitching statistics for Osuna through 2016 include:
- 140 games played
- 143.2 innings pitched
- 5-9 win-loss record
- 56 saves
- 157 strikeouts to 30 walks
- 2.63 ERA
Osuna's uncle, Antonio Osuna, was a relief pitcher in the major leagues from 1995 through 2005. He played for five teams, with his longest stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1995 through 2000.