Stock Watch: Rendon has most to lose
With the season less than a week old, we won't think of stock-up, stock-down from the standpoint of how a player's value has changed since the Future 50 was released a week ago. We'll head down that road as the season moves along. Instead, we'll take a peek at some of the top candidates to make a big jump up the Top 50 and those whose potential stumbles, in terms of performance, might hurt them the most.
Josh Osich, LHP -- Oregon State
Osich missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery 13 months ago and returned to Corvallis for a fourth season. In his first start of 2011, the southpaw struggled to throw strikes, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings, but sat 94-97 mph with his fastball. Osich, a projectable 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, also throws a slider and a hard change, and a healthy season in which he recovers his command and displays the plus breaking ball could earn him consideration in the Top 100 after being a seventh-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels in June 2010.
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