Josh Osich | LHP, 25 yo, 6-2, 230 | 2011 Draft – 6 | (A+) 42.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 12 SV, 7.1 h/9, 2.2 bb/9, 10.8 k/9 | (AA) 29.2 IP, 4.85 ERA, 3 SV, 7.9 h/9, 3.6 bb/9, 8.5 k/9
The top lefty reliever in the organization (in the opinion of this blogger). Former 6th round pick was an electric starter at Oregon State, where he threw a no-hitter while outpitching UCLA’s Trevor Bauer in 2011. Osich has only started two games as a professional, but has spent most of his time in a closer’s role. He was sent back to San Jose for 2013, and was starting to torch hitters by mid-season, when he and Cody Hall were summoned to Richmond. Osich didn’t see the same success initially in the Eastern League as Hall, but eventually settled down to a 2.84 ERA over 12 August appearances. I’ve heard that his usual mid-90’s velocity started to fade a bit down the stretch, but that shouldn’t be all that surprising after a long season of work. I remember reading a tweet from a fellow San Jose pitcher that he was throwing an easy 97 back in May.
Osich has as much raw stuff as any pitcher in the organization, with above average control, but he’s really been an injury case throughout most of his playing career (Tommy John in 2010, elbow issues before the draft, only 32 IP in 2012). To me, he seems to have a very violent delivery. I have no idea if that’s contributed to his arm injuries at all, but it certainly could have had some impact. His body of work in 2013 has to be a very welcome sight for the front office.
He’s supposedly ticketed for MLB spring training, and the Giants could use another lefty in the pen. He’ll most likely start the year in either Fresno or Richmond, but the organization has to be hoping his fastball – and arm – are ready to roll come late February.
They said it: “Osich features a mid 90’s fastball, two excellent off-speed pitches and as a left-hander, could move quickly next year if he excels in Richmond and/or Fresno.” ~ Joe Ritzo, San Jose Giants broadcaster
(Barry Cola, San Jose Giants)