Josh Osich looks like a fit for Rays
It was a weekend dominated by the college pitcher, and none more than the matchup that took place Saturday afternoon between Oregon State left-hander Josh Osich and UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer. Osich tossed a no-hitter, striking out 13 and walking just one batter. Bauer fanned 15 in the loss, and also went the distance. But none of the aforementioned statistics are of the telling nature, at least not to the magnitude of some others.
Osich sat 90-93 mph with his fastball, spotted it well against a punchless Bruins lineup and mixed in a changeup that scouts have seen as an above-average pitch the past several weeks. He also threw his slider some, in the 79-83 mph range, showing some promise but not much more at this stage.
Osich threw 121 pitches, perhaps a worrisome total after he missed all of last season recovering from elbow surgery, but in this start was still hitting 90 on the radar gun in the ninth inning.
"That's a really good sign," said an NL Central scout. "His slider is a good one when he start to use it more and more, and all the time throwing fastball-change has pushed that pitch up the ladder."
Osich started the season as wildcard for Day 1, but more positive signs on the durability, arm strength and secondary stuff and the left-hander may just find himself a firm top 50 selection with an outside chance at the bottom of the first round. He's a senior, making signability a non-issue, and could be an ideal selection for a club such as the Tampa Bay Rays, who have 10 picks among the top 60 and may need to get a couple of picks signed for around slot figures.
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