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Roberto Osuna – Not a Bad Debut

I wrote in my last post that I was a bit excited about Vancouver getting Roberto Osuna .  Needless to say, he didn’t disappoint with his first start.  Over 5 innings of work, Osuna faced 19 batters, whiffing 13 of them.  You almost have to read that twice to let it sink in.  Predictably, the performance has gone viral in today’s world of prospect porn, with all sorts of pundits weighing in on where Osuna ranks in the Jays organization.  Jays insider Shi Davidi isn’t a prospect analyst but was in Everett the day after and wrote a piece on Saturday’s start.  I think the most telling part of the article was Jorge Flore’s comments that Osuna was only working off his fastball.  Considering he thinks his changeup is his best pitch, this is exciting news indeed.

Over-shadowed by the performance (Marcus Stroman actually came in after Osuna and threw two innings of shutout ball) is the fact the Canadians somehow contrived to lose the game, giving up 5 runs in the 9th.  This goes back to my prospects vs results post.  Seeing players like Osuna and Stroman in Vancouver is what gets me excited to go to the Nat as these will be the players we eventually see in a Jays (or some other mlb) uniform, and that is what minor league baseball is all about. However, I still believe that if the C’s put themselves in a position to make the playoffs, we’ll see more prospects make their way to Vancouver.

The C’s have gotten off to a sluggish start in the second half.  It’s still early, but for the playoffs to be a reality, either the 2nd half flag needs winning or hope that the Aquasox win both halves, with the C’s holding the next best overall record.  I haven’t seen as many games as I would have hoped, but in the common theme in those games has always been the fact one element of the C’s game is letting them down.  Whether it be the offense, starting pitching, or the ‘pen, Vancouver has struggled to get all facets of their game on the same page with any sort of consistency.  Let’s hope everything clicks, and soon.

Re-reading this post, it doesn’t really convey the message I had hoped, but I’m off to Seattle in an hour for the Jays series and need to ready so it will have to do.  I’m also offline for the next few days so no checking milb.com for all my latest Blue Jays org news……I’m not sure this is a good idea.

Love that hat

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