#2 – Roberto Osuna, RP
(1.99 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 16 SV, 66 K, 12 BB)
Toronto Blue Jays
Only 20 years old and dominating a tough hitters league at a premium position, Roberto Osuna could easily have been the #1 sweetest surprise for the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays. It’s not often you see a 20 year old come in to the closer position and dominate with his fastball movement, but that probably has something to do with the fact that he’s been pitching against adults since he was 13 years old in the Mexican pro league.
When his father asked him if he really wanted to become a pro baseball player (like his old man was), he said yes. So his father took him out of school, home-schooled him and taught him how to be a professional pitcher. 7 years later, his maturity, poise and experience are on display every time Gibby calls his number, and with few exceptions, he’s answered the bell.
I would expect Roberto Osuna to be named the AL Rookie of the Year, although it’s always hard for Canadian based players to bring home the silverware. I would also expect the Jays to give him ample oppotunity in spring training to emerge as a starter.
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