Roberto Osuna

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Roberto Osuna
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Osuna with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016
Houston Astros – No. 54
Born: (1995-02-07) February 7, 1995 (age 24)
Juan José Ríos, Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico
Bats: RightThrows: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2015, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through May 5, 2019)
Win–loss record 12-15
Earned run average 2.67
Strikeouts 283
Saves 123
Career highlights and awards

Roberto Osuna Quintero (born February 7, 1995) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays. Osuna was signed by the Blue Jays out of Mexico as a 16-year-old, and played three seasons in their minor league organization. On April 8, 2015, he became the youngest pitcher to appear in a game for the organization, [1] and the first player born in 1995 to play in Major League Baseball.

Mexico Country in the southern portion of North America

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2,000,000 square kilometres (770,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent state in the world. With an estimated population of over 120 million people, the country is the tenth most populous state and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, while being the second most populous nation in Latin America after Brazil. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, a special federal entity that is also the capital city and its most populous city. Other metropolises in the state include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana and León.

Professional baseball is played in leagues throughout the world. In these leagues and associated farm teams, baseball players are selected for their talents and are paid to play for a specific team or club system.

Pitcher the player responsible for throwing ("pitching") the ball to the batters in a game of baseball or softball

In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum. There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and the closer.


Professional career

Minor leagues

Osuna made his professional baseball debut with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican League in 2011. In 13 appearances totaling 1923 innings, he pitched to a 0–1 record, 5.49 earned run average (ERA), and 12 strikeouts. [2] In August 2011, Osuna was acquired by the Blue Jays for $1.5 million. [3] He began the 2012 season with the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League, but was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League after posting a 1–0 record with a 1.50 earned run average in seven appearances (four starts). [2] He made his Canadians debut on July 28, 2012, striking out a franchise-record 13 batters over five innings pitched. [4] [5] In total, Osuna pitched 4323 innings in 2012, and posted a 2–0 record, 2.27 ERA, and 49 strikeouts. [2]

Diablos Rojos del México Minor League Baseball Mexican League franchise in Mexico City

The Diablos Rojos del Mexico are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team of the Mexican League based in Mexico City, Mexico. The team was founded in 1940 by Salvador Lutteroth and Ernesto Carmona. They have won sixteen league championships, including back-to-back championships three times, and several more division championships. The team has an affiliate, the Diablos de Hermosillo of the Liga Norte de Mexico. 20,233-capacity Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú is their home.

Mexican League Class AAA minor league, highest level of baseball in Mexico

The Mexican Baseball League is a professional baseball league based in Mexico. It is the oldest running professional league in Mexico. It is a class Triple-A league in organized Minor League Baseball (MiLB), one grade below Major League Baseball (MLB). Unlike the other two Triple-A circuits, the International League and the Pacific Coast League, Mexican League teams are not affiliated with major league teams. One team, Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, splits games between Mexico and the United States.

In baseball and softball, a pitcher's win–loss record indicates the number of wins and losses they have been credited with. For example, a 20–10 win–loss record would represent 20 wins and 10 losses.

On January 29, 2013, Osuna was ranked 90th on MLB's Top 100 Prospects list. [6] He started the 2013 season with the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. On May 9, 2013, it was announced that Osuna had torn his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that usually requires Tommy John surgery. [7] [8] He met with Dr. James Andrews, and was advised to rest and rehab the injury, rather than undergo surgery. Osuna returned from the disabled list on June 9, and pitched five shutout innings for Lansing. [9] Despite his attempt to rehab his elbow, Osuna underwent Tommy John surgery in late June. [10] On July 26, he was ranked 58th on MLB's revised Top 100 Prospects list, and the number two prospect in the Blue Jays organization. [11] [12]

Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Baseball team

The Lansing Lugnuts are a Class-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, that plays in the Midwest League.

Midwest League baseball league operating at the Class A level of Minor League Baseball in the Midwestern US

The Midwest League is a Minor League Baseball league, established in 1954 and based in the Midwestern United States. It is a Class A league that plays a full season; its players are typically players in their second or third year of professional play.

Ulnar collateral ligament of elbow joint ligament of elbow

The ulnar collateral ligament is a thick triangular band at the medial aspect of the elbow uniting the distal aspect of the humerus to the proximal aspect of the ulna.

Osuna made his first rehab appearance since the procedure on July 8, 2014, and pitched one inning for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. [13] He was then promoted to the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays and made seven starts before the end of the season, posting a 0–2 record, a 6.55 ERA, and 30 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. [2] In the 2015 preseason prospect rankings, he was named the number six prospect in the Blue Jays organization by MLB. [14]

The Gulf Coast League Blue Jays are a Rookie level minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. The team began play in 1981 and played until 1985. It did not play again until 1991 and was then a Rookie team again for the Blue Jays until 1995.

The Dunedin Blue Jays are a minor league baseball team based in Dunedin, Florida. They play in the Florida State League, and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball club. They play their home games at Dunedin Stadium, which opened in 1990 and seats 5,509 fans. For the 2019 season, the team will play at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium while Dunedin Stadium undergoes renovations.

Toronto Blue Jays


Osuna celebrates his 20th save of the 2015 season with Russell Martin Roberto Osuna and Russell Martin.jpg
Osuna celebrates his 20th save of the 2015 season with Russell Martin

Osuna was invited to spring training in 2015 as a non-roster invitee. [15] While initially not expecting to have any chance at making the major league team out of camp, Osuna impressed Blue Jays management through the first half of the spring. On March 22, he started a game against the Tampa Bay Rays and pitched 323 scoreless innings. [16] [17] After Steve Delabar was optioned to minor league camp on March 26, it was reported that Osuna would likely make the Opening Day roster as a reliever. [18] His position on the roster was confirmed on March 31. [19] [20] Osuna made his Major League debut in a game against the New York Yankees on April 8, 2015, striking out Alex Rodriguez and getting Stephen Drew to flyout. [21] In making his debut, Osuna became the youngest pitcher to appear in a Major League game for Toronto, at 20 years and 60 days old. [1] Through the first month of the season, Osuna became the most reliable arm in the bullpen for the Blue Jays, posting a 1.38 ERA through his first 10 appearances. [22] He earned his first win on May 18, pitching 123 scoreless innings in a 10–6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In doing so, Osuna became the youngest pitcher to earn a win for the Blue Jays, at 20 years and 100 days old. [23] He earned his first career save on June 22, closing out an 8–5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. [24] On August 7, Osuna became the youngest player in MLB history to record an extra-innings save, when he closed out a 2–1 win over the New York Yankees in the tenth inning. [25] Osuna finished the 2015 regular season with a 1–6 record, 20 saves, 2.58 ERA, and 75 strikeouts in 6923 innings pitched. [26]

Spring training training during the spring season, in baseball

In Major League Baseball (MLB), spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to try out for roster and position spots, and gives established players practice time prior to competitive play. Spring training has always attracted fan attention, drawing crowds who travel to the warm climates of Arizona and Florida to enjoy the weather and watch their favorite teams play, and spring training usually coincides with spring break for many US college students.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

The Tampa Bay Rays are an American professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) East division. Since its inception, the team's home venue has been Tropicana Field.

Steve Delabar baseball player

Steven Edward Delabar is an American former professional baseball pitcher. A native of Kentucky, Delabar attended Central Hardin High School and Volunteer State Community College. He was selected late in the 2003 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres and began his minor league career in 2004. He played in the low minor leagues for several seasons until he sustained a severe elbow injury in 2009.

In the 2015 American League Division Series, Osuna recorded a five-out save in the fifth and final game, and in doing so became the youngest pitcher in American League history to record a save in the postseason, as well as the second-youngest to do so in MLB history, behind Don Gullett in 1970. [27] Osuna pitched in 4 of the 5 ALDS games, and did not allow a baserunner in 523 innings pitched. [26] He finished fourth in American League Rookie of the Year, receiving two second-place votes and two third-place votes. [28]

2015 American League Division Series

The 2015 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2015 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series. Fox Sports 1 carried the majority of games in the United States, while Sportsnet primarily simulcast Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. MLB Network had exclusive coverage of Game 3 of the Kansas City Royals–Houston Astros series in both the United States and Canada, and Game 2 of the Toronto Blue Jays–Texas Rangers series in the U.S. only. The ALDS began on October 8 and ran until October 14. The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals had home field advantage in this round of the playoffs. With the New York Yankees being eliminated by the Astros in the AL Wild Card Game, this is the first time in ALDS history that all four ALDS teams were expansion teams.

Don Gullett American baseball player and coach

Donald Edward Gullett is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees from 1970 to 1978. He also served as pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1993 to 2005.

Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award award given annually to the best rookie in each league of Major League Baseball

In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is annually given to one player from each league as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). The award was established in 1940 by the Chicago chapter of the BBWAA, which selected an annual winner from 1940 through 1946. The award became national in 1947; Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers' second baseman, won the inaugural award. One award was presented for both leagues in 1947 and 1948; since 1949, the honor has been given to one player each in the National and American League. Originally, the award was known as the J. Louis Comiskey Memorial Award, named after the Chicago White Sox owner of the 1930s. The award was renamed the Jackie Robinson Award in July 1987, 40 years after Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line.


During the offseason, the Blue Jays acquired reliever Drew Storen, who had been the Washington Nationals' closer for part of the 2015 season. After a competition between Osuna and Storen for the closer's role in spring training, manager John Gibbons announced on March 30 that Osuna would begin the season as the Blue Jays closer. [29] He earned his first save of the season on April 3 (Opening Day), sealing a 5–3 win for Marcus Stroman. At the age of 21 years, 56 days, he became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to record an Opening Day save. [30] On August 13, Osuna closed out a 4–2 win over the Houston Astros to earn the 46th save of his career, which tied the mark set by Terry Forster for saves recorded before the age of 22. [31] He would break the tie with Forster on August 17, saving a 7–4 win over the New York Yankees. [32] Osuna earned his 30th save of the 2016 season on September 4, becoming the 11th pitcher in franchise history to record 30 saves in a season. The save was also the 50th of his career, making him the youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 50 saves. [33] Osuna finished the 2016 regular season with a 4–3 record, 2.68 ERA, 82 strikeouts, and 36 saves in 74 innings pitched. [26] In the postseason, he added nine innings and did not allow a run. He also earned his first career postseason win, pitching two perfect innings in the Blue Jays' decisive Game 3 victory of the ALDS [26]

On December 5, 2016, Osuna committed to play for Team Mexico at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. [34]


Osuna was diagnosed with a cervical spasm late in spring training and started the 2017 season on the 10-day disabled list. [35] On June 24, it was revealed that Osuna was dealing with an anxiety issue. To that point in the season, he had recorded 19 saves and a 2.48 ERA, and had become the youngest player in MLB history to reach 75 career saves. [36] Osuna made his return to the mound the following day, pitching the final inning of the Blue Jays' 8–2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. [37] On July 7, Osuna was added to the American League roster for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. [38] Osuna earned his 35th save of the season on August 31, and in doing so, became the first player in franchise history to have back-to-back seasons with at least 35 saves. [39] He finished the season with 39 saves and a 3–4 record, 3.38 ERA, and 83 strikeouts in 64 innings. [26] However, he led the majors in blown saves, with 10. [40]


Osuna was unable to come to an agreement on a contract with the Blue Jays for 2018, leading to salary arbitration. On February 3, he lost his case with the Blue Jays and was signed to a one-year, $5.3 million contract. [41] Osuna recorded his 100th career save in Toronto's 2–1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on April 10. In doing so, he became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to reach 100 saves. [42] On June 22, Osuna was suspended for 75 games, retroactive to May 8, due to violating the league's policy on domestic assault. [43]

Houston Astros

On July 30, 2018, the Blue Jays traded Osuna to the Houston Astros for Ken Giles, Héctor Pérez, and David Paulino. [44] The Astros reinstated him to their active roster on August 5. [45] He was loudly booed in his first appearance in Toronto as a member of the Astros. [46] In 2018, between the two teams he was 2-2 with 21 saves and a 2.37 ERA. [47]

Personal life

At the age of 12, Osuna quit school to help support his family, [48] picking vegetables with his father, also named Roberto, who pitched in the Mexican League for 22 seasons and taught him to pitch after work. [49] [50] Osuna's uncle, Antonio, pitched in Major League Baseball for 11 seasons, mostly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. [51]

Osuna has a daughter, born in September 2017. [52]

On May 8, 2018, Osuna was arrested by Toronto police and charged with assault. He allegedly assaulted Alejandra Roman Cota, the mother of his 3-year-old son. Roman Cota was visiting Toronto with their child. She returned to Mexico shortly afterward and refused to return to Toronto. Due to Roman Cota's refusal to testify, the prosecution withdrew the charge against Osuna in exchange for a peace bond, mandating that for one year he not have contact with the alleged victim. [53] [54] He was placed on administrative leave by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. [55] On June 22, he received a 75-game suspension without pay for violating the league’s domestic violence policy, retroactive to May 8. [56]

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