Another SURPRISE LOW for the 2023 World Baseball Classic – SwingCompleto
By Jesus Perez Vichot (Chuchi)
Lately, the news about the World Baseball Classic (WBC) has been more negative than positive regarding the players who had doubts about their participation in this tournament. Now the absence falls on one of the best pitchers that the Mexican team had to take to that appointment.
According to the Tweet published by Shawn Spradling, who has been active providing breaking news with what is happening around this event that will begin next March, the star reliever Roberto Osuna will not be present at WBC 2023 with his country because he signed this winter with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks team, belonging to the Japan Professional Baseball League (NPB).
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According to Spradling, the Hawks intend to have the 27-year-old Mexican right-hander since the beginning of the preseason so that he can train and become familiar with the squad of this team. “Little Cannon” would have been an important figure within the Mexican team that will have other outstanding pitchers in its bullpen (Andrés Muñoz, Giovanny Gallegos, Oliver Pérez, Victor González, AJ Ramos and Sergio Romo).
osuna since 2020 he has not pitched in the Majors, but he became one of the best closers in MLB. In 2019 with the Astros he led the American League in saves with 38. Already in 2016 and 2017 with the Blue Jays he had achieved more than 35 saves each year (36 and 39 respectively).
In six seasons in the Major Leagues, the former All Star in 2017 had a 14-18 record, a 2.74 ERA and a 0.905 WHIP. Also, in that stretch he was very dominant against opposing hitters, allowing 6.6 H/9 IP, 9.9 K/9 IP and an anemic .201 opponent batting average. Since 2021 he has released in Mexico and Japan.