Jose Osuna

Position: PH
Born: 12/12/92
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Venezuela) Dec. 9, 2009 (PIT).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Hit .279 with 13 home runs and 69 RBIs in 133 games between Altoona (Double-A) and Indianapolis (Triple-A), adding 37 doubles for a .331 OBP and a .457 SLG. In 10 games at Indianapolis before his promotion in 2017, he was hitting .250 with one home run.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Indianapolis April 18 when OF Starling Marte was placed on the Suspended List.
MLB Debut Date: 04/18/17

Debut Details
April 18, in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. Pinch-hitting for pinch-hitter John Jaso, he went 0-for-1. In the top of the seventh inning, with one out and two on for the Pirates, Jaso was announced as the pinch-hitter for their starting RHP Chad Kuhl, coming on to face Cardinals RH starter Mike Leake. When the move was announced, the Cards brought in LH reliever Brett Cecil, and the Pirates countered by bringing in Osuna. With a 2-0 count, he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the rally.

Player Notes
Welcome to the big leagues, Jose Osuna. No pressure or anything in your debut. Osuna, who is primarily a first baseman but has also seen ample time in left field and right field since making the transition from the mound in his teens, is a career .278 hitter over seven-plus minor league seasons who finally got on the radar in 2016 when he led the organization in hits (132), total bases (216), doubles and RBIs. He's also been an MiLB Organization All-Star each of the past three seasons. He is average at best defensively and his 18 stolen bases at Bradenton (High A) in 2013 were probably a major aberration as he's never swiped more than seven in a season before or since, but he combines some prodigious power potential with good plate discipline and despite the years in the minors is still just 24 years old so hardly over the hill. In fact, experience and age notwithstanding, he not only got onto the Baseball America Top 30 charts at No. 30 after his 2015 season, he moved up four notches heading into 2017. The last player cut by the Pirates at the end of spring training, hisĀ  future is most likely as a fourth outfielder/backup first baseman/bat off the bench but with Marte's extended absence looming, he may get some at-bats.