This winter has unexpectedly turned into the Jose Osuna highlight show, with long homers and web gems. On Saturday night in Venezuela, he connected on his ninth home run(video at bottom of page), most among all Pirates' players. He finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two runs. While searching for video of his home run, I found this video(right below) of him making a nice catch in the outfield. Known as a first baseman who plays outfield, Osuna has made a couple highlight reel plays in the outfield this winter, including this game-ending catch. He also has a .928 OPS, which ranks third in the league. This is all coming from the same player who went 3-for-26 last winter, rarely seeing playing time after the first couple weeks.
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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.