Roberto Osuna is the youngest closer to notch 100 saves, can he reach the heights of Mariano Rivera?
Osuna becomes the youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the 100-save Mark. He also ties Billy Koch for third all time on the #BlueJays saves list.- Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 11, 2018
The next closest was Francisco Rodriguez, who was 24 years and 246 days old when he got No. 100 (Osuna is nearly a year younger at 23 years, 62 days). As far as all-time paces (yes we understand it's very, very early in his career), Osuna has 100 more saves than all-time leader Mariano Rivera had at the same age. Rivera, originally a starter, didn't close out his first game until he was 26. He, of course, then went on to average 38 saves per season from 1997-2013 until he reached 652 for his career.
Osuna averaged 32 saves per season from 2015-17 and, if he keeps up this trend for another 11 years, he'll be at 452. If he does it until he's 40 years old, he'll have 676. As mentioned before, it's early and that final number will likely go up or down depending on health, the teams he plays on and whether he puts together any 50-plus save seasons like Rivera did. It' a giant milestone and one, thought by many, to be almost impossible to reach.
So, we pose this question to you, baseball-predicting fanatics: where will Osuna end up when all's said and done? Please vote in our poll below: