Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today the signing of left-handed pitcher Edgar Osuna to a contract for the 2013 season.
Osuna, 25, has played six professional seasons since signing with the Atlanta Braves as an 18-year-old, but missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals from the Braves in the 2009 MLB Rule 5 draft and subsequently went 6-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts at Double-A Northwest Arkansas of the Texas League. He also made five starts and appeared in nine games for Triple-A Omaha of the Pacific Coast League.
"He's the final piece to our puzzle," Forney said. "We're going to bring him in and install him in our rotation. He was a high prospect in the Royals system before he got derailed by Tommy John. Hopefully we can get him back on track. He pitched very well in the Mexican Winter League this past offseason and that's a very advanced league."
Joining former Goldeyes Chris Roberson and Jon Weber with Mexicali this past winter, Osuna went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 11 starts.
In 2011 with Northwest Arkansas, the product of Mazatlan, Mexico went 6-4 with a 7.89 ERA in 14 games, including 11 starts.
Through 115 appearances, including 82 starts, in his career, Osuna, who is the first Mexican-born player to be signed by the Goldeyes in team history, averages 7.8 strikeouts for every nine innings and just two walks for every nine innings.
The Goldeyes now have 27 players signed for the 2013 season, including 15 pitchers and 12 position players. American Association teams are slated to opening training camp on May 4 and can have up to 28 players on their training camp roster.