Jun
27

Yankees interested in Roberto Osuna

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Via Roberto Espinoza (link in Spanish), the Yankees are one of several teams with serious interest in 15-year-old Mexican right-hander Roberto Osuna, who they watched throw last week. He will turn 16 on July 2nd, so he will be eligible to sign this year. Osuna is the nephew of former Yankee Antonio Osuna and a 6-foot-0, 198 lb. hurler with an idea of how to use three pitches: a low-90′s fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. He’s currently pitching in the Mexican League (5.49 ERA in 19.2 IP), which is somewhere between Double-A and Triple-A in terms of competition.

Osuna is one of the top pitching prospects available on the international market this year, and he’s expected to command a seven-figure bonus. The Yankees have never given an international pitcher seven-figures (not counting vets Jose Contreras or Hideki Irabu), but they tried to with Michael Ynoa. Because he is property of a Mexican League club, Osuna will only receive 25% of his bonus. The rest goes to his team. The Yankees have a very strong presence in Mexico thanks to scout Lee Sigman, who helped broker deals for Manny Banuelos and Al Aceves in the not too distant past.

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  1. He’s currently pitching in the Mexican League (5.49 ERA in 19.2 IP), which is somewhere between Double-A and Triple-A in terms of competition.

    Considering he’s 15, that’s infuckingcredible.

  2. Steve H says:

    15 and pitching against that competition? If he came over to the states at 16, where would he start? Kid could be in the majors at a damn young age.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He’s not even the youngest kid on his team.

      • Those Mexican child labor laws are airtight, eh?

        • MannyDeee says:

          only when they’re building Jetta’s, not pitching against what we would consider professional talent in baseball (for what appears to be .25 on the dollar…)

          • Mike says:

            The 25% rule is a “dumb” rule proposed by the Summer League president years ago and was made a law (albeit a law inside the sport), and inforced by him, and MLB specifically gave the approval to that rule, arguing that money would go to the team that discovered the young player and trained him… but nowadays MLB and Mexican winter ball scouts are finding players that summer league scouts don’t know about, yet the summer teams they pocket the money because of that dumb law.

            Don’t know where you “think” that kids are building Jettas, it would be like saying that US kids are building fireweapons to sell to the narcotraffickers in México to kill people who stand in their way to deliver the drugs that US people like so much… but then that wouldn’t be true, and would be an awful joke, right?

        • Mike says:

          In the US a kid can play MLB baseball as long as his father gives the approval to sign the contract… but teams like to wait until they don’t need said approval.

  3. Osuna is the nephew of former Yankee Antonio Osuna

    (cue Dante Bichette Jr. jokes)

  4. boogie down says:

    If his age, performance, and the competition level of the league are accurate, hell yes, sign him. And it would def be interesting to see where he’s assigned and more so how quickly he progresses.

    • 28 this year says:

      He could have 3 or 4 years of development before age 20. No matter how long he spends in the minors, he would be moving pretty quick. Based on this, sign him. Hopefully, the Yankees use the presence they have.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        It all depends on his potential stuff. He looks like a pretty big guy that could do with some strength training and proper nutrition he could be even better. He would add some good depth and probably start in Charleston next year when he is only 16.

  5. Brian says:

    MOAR PROSPECTS!!!

  6. Signing a 15 year old from the Mexican League? More proof that Cashman failed to build proper depth this winter.

    • MannyDeee says:

      THIS!!!!

      Cashman needs to get these guys while in grammer school, so they can get called up for spot starts before their 18th birthday…

    • Mike says:

      Cashman has a gem at AAA in Jorge Vázquez, whose numbers began to drop dramatically after he knew he was not gonna be called up by the Yankees and will be let free or get traded at the end of the season.

    • Jorge says:

      You should see the eight year-old Theo Epstein just signed to be their 13th starter. He didn’t need to resort to picking up Brian Gordon at the side of the road after the Phillies dropped them off there to be our #5 starter for the next five years. Now that’s depth.

  7. TheLastClown says:

    Maybe the level of competition parallels AA.5, but it would make sense to start him at the bottom of the ladder, so he can climb all the way up with the support & guidance of the Yankees’ system.

    He could ascend more quickly though, than others.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Considering the competition that he has faced he could probably start this year in SI and then if he does well move to Charleston next year.

      • YankeeGrunt says:

        Gary Sanchez, our $3 mil man, still didn’t come north till the next season and started out in the GCL. Based on the way the Yanks have handled prospects, Osuna (if signed) would probably start playing in the GCL as a 16 year old next year and at best earn a promo to SI later in the year. No reason to rush teenagers, certainly not teenage pitchers.

    • Rainbow Connection says:

      You don’t want to hurt his feelings, look what happened with Douche Montero.

  8. Bighands27 says:

    They can use the money they didn’t spend on a #1 draft choice on this kid. Let’s do it!

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      That would be very good. If the Yankees are not reach for higher end talent in American draft, they have to reach in the IFA.

  9. Mikhel says:

    Osuna is not currently pitching, as his team got a lot of “fire” for making him pitch at 15 years old, thinking about pocketing 75% of his signing bonus as they did with Heredia last year.

    Osuna, by the way has a favourite team, and that is: The Yankees, so, NY could end up signing him with a not so big contract as it would take the Pirates, for example, to sign him like they did with Heredia (Heredia is from a city that has a winter team which works with the Pirates).

    At 15 he is one of the youngest players who has played in summer league (which is not as strongest as the winter league, which would be like AAAA), the best semi-profesional/minor league baseball player in the world was a mexican called Héctor Espino (deceased 14 years ago), who at 14-15 was killing profesional pitching and he was nicknamed “el niño asesino” (The killer boy)… he ended up with 483 Hrs in summer, 299 in winter ball.

  10. professorg says:

    We better make sure the kid is clean first. From what I understand, south of the border, they put steroids in the kid’s baby food.

    • Steve S. says:

      Yeah, in some backwards-ass third world countries steroids are actually available over the counter. Like Canada, for instance.

    • Mike says:

      The Mexican leagues have a much stricter law against doping than in the US, in México they use the WADA rules where there is stuff prohibited that in the US is not prohibited by the MLB. So yeah… contrary to what you think, there is not steroids in baby food, and even less in border cities where food comes from the US.

      • Rainbow Connection says:

        Do you realize that ‘doping’ doesn’t mean ‘drugs’?
        Do you know what ‘doping’ means?

  11. CMP says:

    Could you imagine having CC, Prince, Colon and Joba on the same team. Their average weight would rival the Giants starting offensive line’s.

  12. Alfredo says:

    this kid sounds like a real talent and if he wants to be a yankee then he is surely welcomed. if u think about it he might be in the major before he can drink and as we all now the yankees are very good at winning, will he be aloud to drink during a playoff celebration?

  13. Jorge says:

    Me love a new international signee lottery ticket. Draft schmaft.

  14. Alfredo says:

    i say if we can not pick early in the draft then we should use our money to get guys from the international draft.

  15. Alfredo says:

    talking about prospects i really want to see Montero in the majors. am kind of tired of watching other team rave about their prospects that were just called up, and unfortunatley we can not do the same because of the fear of our organization in developing player.

    • am kind of tired of watching other team rave about their prospects that were just called up, and unfortunatley we can not do the same because of the fear of our organization in developing player.

      What’s more fun, being a Mariners fan and raving about Dustin Ackley, or being a Yankees fan and raving about how nice that ring we just won two years ago looks sitting next to the other 26 we won previously?

      • Alfredo says:

        its fun to do both but i enjoy the rings more.

      • TheLastClown says:

        You know, proposing that choice between the two really makes me appreciate the dynasty years.

        • Riddering says:

          The difference between now and the dynasty years isn’t an internal fear of the Yankees’ organizational talent. It’s that in the span of a few years the Yankees had HoF/hall of the very good talent to call up during the dynasty era.

  16. Thomas Cassidy says:

    As long as it’s no relation to Antonio Osuna.

  17. Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club says:

    seeing as i’m 15 and playing varsity baseball, which is presumably like 1/1000000 the level of Gulf Coast ball, sign this kid asap

    • Alfredo says:

      agreed with you i play varsity baseball as a 16 year old and that level can not compare to any minor league level.

  18. Jerome S. says:

    He’s my age, I’m so pissed.

  19. Kevin G. says:

    I say we just sign every international free agent and have them fight to the death. Winner gets to play for the Yankees.

  20. Cuso says:

    a 15-year old?

    Pardon me for not doing backflips over this. He could weigh 350 lbs by the time he’s major league ready.

    He won’t sniff the majors (in a Yankee uni) until he’s at least 21. Thats how the Yankees do, like it or not.

    Whats the matter? Danny Almonte not available?

  21. Jimmy McNulty says:

    How’s Ynoa doing?

  22. Justin says:

    Just went to the Blue Jays! GO JAYS!!!

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