With a .370 on-base percentage, five home runs and 16 RBI across 49 at-bats during Grapefruit League play, Osuna at least made it a difficult decision for the Pirates to cut him following the conclusion of camp. Ultimately, the Pittsburgh brain trust seemed to value the greater defensive versatility that a player like Sean Rodriguez provided off the bench compared to Osuna, who only plays first base and the corner outfield. Osuna should be among the Pirates' first callups this season when injuries inevitably take their toll on the team's position players.
With four homers, 13 RBI and a .324 batting average in 37 at-bats, Osuna has strung together a strong spring performance. If Pittsburgh decides to go with 13 pitchers on Opening Day, however, then Osuna will likely find himself back with Triple-A Indianapolis. While he's currently competing with Bryce Brentz and Jordan Luplow for a potential bench spot, the big righty is almost assured of seeing time in Pittsburgh in 2018. From a fantasy perspective, it would likely take an injury to Josh Bell at first base to give Osuna enough playing time to become fantasy relevant.
Osuna belted a two-run homer and walked while playing third base Saturday against the Phillies.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington revealed during the radio broadcast on 93.7 The Fan that Osuna played 17 games at third base during winter ball. Huntington added that Osuna's best defensive spot is at first base, but Josh Bell starts every day at first. While the organization is looking for creative ways to get Osuna's bat in the lineup, it wouldn't be surprising to see him start 2018 in the minors.
Osuna went 1-for-3 in Friday's Grapefruit League loss to Baltimore.
Osuna is now 3-for-10 this spring, with one RBI and one run scored. Never being a top prospect, Osuna played some first base and outfield last year while Starling Marte was suspended and Gregory Polanco battled injuries. The 25-year-old figures to be second on the depth chart at first base and he should get occasional appearances in the outfield. He hit just .233 in 215 at-bats last season, showing an inability to consistently connect with the ball. Osuna profiles well as a reserve outfielder in deeper formats.
Osuna will start at first base and bat fifth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
He's hitting .333 in his last 42 at-bats dating back to July 9 but has started only six games since July 20. While he has a strong throwing arm, he's not particularly mobile in the outfield. On Sunday, however, he makes for good spot start in Toronto.
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