Franquelis Osoria, bullpen experience

A look at another relief pitcher….
FRANQUELIS OSORIA
relief pitcher
born: 9/12/1981 in Santiago, Dominican Republic
Ht: 5′ 11″ Wt: 200 lb
B: Right T: Right
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Franquelis [pronounced “Frank -ellis”] Osoria was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He moved steadily up through the Dodgers’ minor league system, mostly pitching in relief. In 2004, he started the season with Jacksonville (AA), where he appeared in 51 games (to lead the club), all in relief. He earned 8 wins, 5 losses, and 5 saves, with a 3.64 ERA, 18 walks, and 73 strikeouts in 81 innings. He was moved up to Las Vegas (AAA) for four games at the end of May, where he pitched 8.1 innings, giving up 13 hits, 6 earned runs, one walk, and 3 strikeouts. Osoria began the 2005 season back in Las Vegas, doing well in relief. He was promoted to the Dodgers,who were managed by current Pirates’ manager Jim Tracy, and made his MLB debut on June 7, 2005, pitching one inning in relief, and retiring three batters in order. He appeared in 11 games with the Dodgers before being returned to Las Vegas, then came back up to the Dodgers on August 23rd and remained with the major league team until the end of the season. He pitched 84.2 innings over the entire season, to earn 6 wins, 6 losses, and 9 saves, for a 3.10 ERA, with 91 hits, 21 walks, and 50 strikeouts.
Osoria started the 2006 season with the Dodgers. This time, though, he struggled. In 12 relief appearances and 17.2 innings, he gave up 27 hits and 14 earned runs, for a 7.13 ERA, with 9 walks and 13 strikeouts. He was returned to Las Vegas in May, and remained with the AAA team for the rest of the year. He pitched in 44 games, earning 2 wins, 2 losses, and 2 saves. In 51.2 innings, he gave up 81 hits and 25 earned runs, for a 4.35 ERA, with 21 walks and 28 strikeouts. Following this rather disappointing season, Osoria played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. He appeared in only 3 games, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up 3 hits and no runs, with 3 strikeouts.
The Pirates claimed Osoria off waivers from the Dodgers in the off-season. He has been a non-roster invitee to the major league spring training camp. He made three Grapefruit League appearances, pitching 3 innings, and giving up 4 hits, 3 earned runs, and one strikeout. He was been reassigned to the minor league camp, and will likely be coming to Indianapolis to begin the 2007 season. He is a sinkerball pitcher, who has shown good control in the past. He started his professional career with a typical over-the-top arm motion, but over several years gradually dropped his arm down so that he now has a sidearm motion.
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OTHER NOTES:
The Indy Indians lost their second spring training game, 7 to 6 to the Norfolk Tides. The Indians collected 11 hits, including two by CF Nyjer Morgan, and a three-run home run by DH Chris Truby. The Indians and Tides went into the bottom of the 9th inning with the score tied. Then Indians’ RHP Matt Peterson gave up three hits followed by a sacrifice fly to the Tides’ Matt Pulley to take the loss. The Indians will play the Tides again this afternoon in Bradenton.
In yesterday’s Pirates’ game, Micheal Ryan and Don Kelly got hits, Yurendell deCaster punched a double, and Brad Eldred hit a single and a double.
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Go Tribe!

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Spring Training Game 20: Bucs/Yanks Thread

Zach Duke against Mike Mussina at quarter past one. FM NewsTalk 104.7 has this one, as does MLB.TV (thanks to the YES network). I’ll be online for Charlie‘s fantasy league draft, so there’s a chance I’ll have a few updates throughout the afternoon. No word on who’ll throw after Duke. —- The answer, it turns out, was Youman, Perez, Brower and Marte, but by the time they got into the game, it was out...

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Michael Ryan, veteran experience

… Add to the mix some veteran experience…..and a name appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day!
MICHAEL RYAN
outfielder
born: 7/6/1977��� in Indiana, Pennsylvania
ht:� 5′ 10″����� wt: 182 lb��������� B: Left�� T: Right
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Ryan is a western Pennsylvania native, who was drafted in 1996 by the Minnesota Twins.� He progressed steadily upward in the Twins’ minor league system, hitting for�a solid average, mostly singles and doubles, and not a large amount of power.� He played the 2002 season with�Edmonton (AAA), where he did develop some power.� He led the team�with 31HR�homers and tied for the lead with 36 doubles, with a .261 AVG, and was named to the Pacific Coast League post-season All-Star team.� After Edmonton’s season, he was called up to the Twins, and made his MLB debut on Sept 20, 2002.� He appeared in 7 games, and had one hit.� Ryan began 2003 again in AAA, though with the Rochester Red Wings because the Twins had changed affiliates.� In Rochester, his average slid to .225, but with 20 doubles, 15 HRs, and 60 RBI.� He was promoted to Minnesota on August 12th, and had a stellar remainder of the season, hitting .393 AVG, with 5 HR and 13 RBI.
The 2004 season was tough for Ryan.� He started the year with the Twins, but played mostly as a pinch-hitter.� He struggled at the plate, hitting .239 AVG in 36 games.� Then he sustained a shoulder injury while sliding into first base.� When he returned from the injury, he was sent to Rochester, where he also struggled, hitting .205 AVG, with 6 HR and 16 RBI.� Ryan also started the 2005 season in Rochester, but working harder and determined to do better.� His average rose to .283, with 6 HR and 26 RBI, and he was recalled by the Twins on May 31st.� Back in the major league again, he hit .231, with 2 HR and 13 RBI for the remainder of the season.� After the season, the Twins removed him from their 40-man roster, and Ryan became a free agent.� The 2006 season found him with the Richmond Braves (AAA Atlanta affiliate), under a minor league contract.� He started off strong, hitting .296 AVG in the month of April, then slumped a bit in May and June.� �In July he�rebounded, hitting .278 AVG with 18 RBI.� He finished the season with a .242 AVG, 6 HR, and 39 RBI.
Ryan signed with his hometown Pirates for the 2007 season, and he has been in camp as a non-roster invitee, competing for a spot on the major league roster.� He has had an outstanding spring so far, doing well in the field and showing off his skills at the plate.� He has played in 14 of the Pirates’ “A” games, hitting .429 AVG, with 6 doubles, a triple, and 7 RBI.� The Pirates have been impressed, and manager Jim Tracy has said that Ryan is in contention for a roster spot.� If he loses out in the numbers game, then Ryan will be hitting for us in Indianapolis.�
Paul Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was also thinking Irish today:� here
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OTHER NOTES:
In yesterday’s Pirates’ game, Ryan went 2 for 4 with a double, and Neil Walker went 1 for 4, also with a double.� Don Kelly went 1 for 3 with a home run.
�The Indians did not have a spring training game yesterday.� They will be playing against the Norfolk Tides this afternoon.�

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