The Blue Jays announced the signing of Mexican righthander Roberto Osuna, considered by many scouts to be one of the top 16-year-old international free agents on the market this summer.
Here is Baseball America's scouting report on Osuna from July 1:
"Osuna is the nephew of righthander Antonio Osuna, who pitched nearly 500 innings as a big league reliever from 1995-2005, mostly with the Dodgers. Roberto represented his country in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico at the 16-and-under COPABE Pan American championship last October, when he ran his fastball up to 93-94 mph. He pitched against Team USA in the final game on three days rest and allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings in an 11-4 loss, though he struck out seven and didn't issue a walk. He finished the tournament with a 3.79 ERA in 20 innings and a 20-2 K-BB mark. He then signed with Mexico City in the Mexican League, and was already pitching for the club in games, with a 5.49 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 11 walks in 20 innings, facing hitters who are 10-20 years older than he is.
Osuna has a quick arm, advanced feel for pitching and a fastball that ranges from 88-94 mph, and his velocity has been inconsistent. He has an advanced curveball for his age, though it can get slurvy, and he shows feel for a changeup. Due to his thick frame, he'll have to keep his conditioning in check. Any team that wants Osuna will have to purchase his rights from Mexico City, a transaction that typically results in the team keeping 75 percent of the signing bonus. Several teams figure to have interest in Osuna, but a frontrunner has not emerged."
BA subscribers can access scouting reports on more than 40 of the other top international free agents who became eligible to sign this year on July 2.
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