Breaking Down Jose Osuna’s Winter Ball Success

Osuna's nine homers this winter rank him second in Venezuela (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Breaking Down Jose Osuna’s Winter Ball Success
John Dreker

This morning I posted a couple recent highlights from Jose Osuna in the daily Winter Leagues article. That has been a common theme with the winter coverage. He has easily been the best player in the system this off-season and it's one of the best winter performances we have seen from a Pirates' player.

A question I get asked often about winter leagues is the level of play. Osuna is in Venezuela, where the average player has AAA experience. You'll get some Low-A players like Elvis Escobar, though they don't usually see much playing time. You also get a lot of players with some Major League experience, but not many star players. The league usually gets better as the season goes along, so it wouldn't have been a surprise to see Osuna fade these last couple weeks, but he obviously hasn't ye...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail

John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

More in Analysis

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2017 Rule 5 Draft

Tim WilliamsNovember 20, 2017

Mitchell Tolman Trying to Make the Adjustments For His Jump to the Upper Levels

Tim WilliamsNovember 18, 2017

Adam Oller Quietly Had an Impressive Season for Morgantown

John DrekerNovember 17, 2017

Brandon Waddell Getting Some Valuable Experience Out of the Bullpen in the AFL

Tim WilliamsNovember 16, 2017

JT Brubaker Becomes the Latest Pirates Pitching Prospect to Consistently Hit 99 MPH

Tim WilliamsNovember 14, 2017

Who Do the Pirates Need to Protect From the 2017 Rule 5 Draft?

Tim WilliamsNovember 13, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects