2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Roberto Osuna
Greg Jewett dives deep into the numbers to tell fantasy baseball owners what they can expect from the Astros closer during the 2019 MLB season.
While volatility comes with the territory when targeting closers, drafting Roberto Osuna in 2019 looms as a tough decision for those with long memories. Osuna missed 75 games last year due to suspension for violating league rules tied to an off-field incident. Being traded to Houston provides him with the opportunity to be a top-5 closer, but with assumed risk of Osuna losing more time with another misstep.
Despite missing time, Osuna still recorded 21 saves with a crisp 32:4 K:BB in 38 innings. He finished with a 2.37 ERA, 2.45 FIP and 0.97 WHIP. Through four seasons in the majors, Osuna’s yet to finish with a WHIP above one, due in part to his career 4.5 walk percentage.
It’s also tough to believe Osuna will only be entering his Age-24 season when 2019 commences. Over the last three seasons, Osuna’s recorded a 9 - 10 record with 96 saves in 177 innings. His ratio statistics of a 2.95 ERA, 2.52 FIP and 0.93 WHIP come with a 24.5 strikeouts minus walks percentage, a 15.6...