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Pittsburgh Pirates Recall 1B/OF Jose Osuna

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that 1B/OF Jose Osuna will take the place of Starling Marte on the active roster, after Marte was suspended by MLB for 80 games on Tuesday afternoon. Osuna will be available for tonight’s game in St Louis.

Osuna nearly made the Pirates out of Spring Training, where he put up a .407/.492/.759 slash line in 22 games. He has hit .250/.341/.389 in ten games with Indianapolis this season, boosting that average 62 points in his last game with three hits. He had five homers during spring, but didn’t hit one with Indianapolis. His best position defensively is first base, but he has played games in both left field and right field since 2015, including some added outfield time in winter ball. He doesn’t have the best range, but a very strong arm helps his case out there.

We will have more on Osuna later from Brian Peloza, who is in Indianapolis tonight covering the game.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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