Roberto Qunitero Osuna...Pitched for Diablos Rojos of the Mexican League at the age of 15 prior to signing with the Blue Jays...Uncle Antonio Osuna pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Angels, White Sox, Yankees, Padres and Nationals...Was named Athlete of the Year by the Mexican Government in November, 2016...Named the 2016 recipient of National Sports Award, handed out annually by Mexico's National Commission for Sport...Was presented the award by Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto at a ceremony Tuesday in Mexico City.
Recorded a career-high 39 saves, the 2nd most in a season in franchise history (Ward - 45 in 1993) and 2nd most in the AL (Alex Colome - 47) ... Became the 1st Toronto pitcher with back-to-back seasons of 35+ saves…Became the 1st pitcher in MLB history with multiple 35+ save seasons before the age of 23 ... Among AL relievers, ranked 1st in SO/BB (9.22), 1st in BB/9 (1.27), 6th in WHIP (0.86) and 7th in HR/9 (0.42) ... Posted personal bests in strikeouts (83), SO/9 (11.67), WHIP, BB/9, opponents' OBP (.234) and SLG (.274), HR/9, XBH allowed (11) and pitcher WAR (2.1) ... Recorded 10 blown saves, the most in the Majors and 3rd most in club history (Ward-12 in 1989; McLaughlin-11 in 1983)… His 49 save opportunities ranked 2nd most in franchise history (Ward - 51 in 1993) ... Became the 4th pitcher in team history with at least three seasons of 20+ saves, only Tom Henke had more (7) ... Of his 39 saves, only three were longer than one inning ... Struck out the side eight times ... Converted 22 consecutive save opportunities from April 29 - July 17, the 4th longest such streak in team history (2nd longest within a season, Henke-25 in 1991) and 3rd longest in 2017 (Jansen-24, Holland-23)...Over that span of 33G, he posted a 0.86 ERA (3 ER/31.1 IP) with 4BB, 43K, and an opp. avg. of .121 (13-for-107, 4-XBH) ... Faced his first 26 left-handed batters of the season without issuing a walk...Did so for the first time on May 23 at MIL ... Collected six saves from May 21-31, becoming the 3rd Blue Jay (4th time) to save at least 6G in any 9G span of a season (Duane Ward in 1991 & 1993, Kelvim Escobar in 2002) ... Went 8-for-8 in save situations in May (14 games, 1.42 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, .159 AVG) ... Was named AL Reliever of the Month for June, allowing just 1 ER in 11.2 IP (8SV, 0.79 ERA, .105 AVG, 1BB, 19K) ... Was named to the All-Star Game as a replacement on July 7…At 22 yrs, 154 days old, would become the youngest player to appear in ASG in club history (previous: Dave Stieb, 22yrs, 352 days in '80 - courtesy of STATS) ... Became the first Blue Jay to record a save on three straight days (July 4-6) since Casey Janssen (Aug 29-31, 2012) ... Made his 1st appearance in an All-Star Game (1.0 IP) on July 11…Became the first Toronto pitcher since Roy Halladay in 2008 to throw a scoreless inning in an ASG...Became the 7th Toronto reliever to participate in an ASG (last: Cecil/Delabar in 2013) ... At 22 years and 134 days old on June 21 at TEX, he became the youngest player in MLB history to record 75 saves (next youngest: Huston Street - 24y, 42d) ... On July 27 vs. OAK, won his 3rd game of the year and his first since May 10 vs. CLE (1.0, 1K) ... Took his 1st loss (1.0, 3ER, 2H, BB, K) on July 29 vs. LAA, his first since Sept. 28, 2016 vs. BAL…The 3ER were his most allowed in an outing since Sept. 19, 2015 vs. BOS (3ER) ... Suffered a blown save and the loss (0.2, 5H, 4ER, K) on Aug. 6 at HOU…The 4ER and 5H allowed were career highs ... Walked two batters in a game for just the 3rd time in his career (last: Oct. 3, 2015 at TB) ... After posting a record of 1-3 while going 5-for-9 in save opportunities with a 9.64 ERA (10 ER/9.1 IP) over a 10G span from July 18-Aug. 6, converted four straight saves from Aug. 8-17 (5G, 5.1IP, 0ER) ... Saved his 35th game (1.1IP, 2K) on Aug. 31 at BAL for his 13th career save of more than 1.0 IP (3rd in 2017) ... On Sept. 5 at BOS, suffered his 10th blown save and 2nd in as many opportunities…Marked his 3rd time in 2017 to have suffered a blown save in back-to-back opportunities ... Saved his 36th game on Sept. 15 at MIN to match his previous career high from 2016, his first appearace since Sept. 5 (away from team for birth of child) ... Converted each of his last four save opportunities, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out seven batters over five innings...Made his 39th save on the final day of the season, Oct. 1 at NYY (1.0IP, K).
Did not allow an earned run in his 9.1 IP this postseason…Is one of five TOR relievers to pitch at least 6.0 innings in a single playoffs without allowing an earned run…Joined Dennis Lamp as the only Blue Jays relievers to toss a minimum of 9.0 innings in the playoffs without allowing a run...Is just the fourth reliever in club history to record at least 9.0 IP in a single postseason, joining Al Leiter (1993), Duane Ward (1993) and Dennis Lamp (1985)...Did not allow a hit with RISP during the playoffs (0-for-10)…Was the only pitcher in the 2016 postseason to not allow a hit
in with RISP (minimum 10 at-bats) ...Recorded his second career 5-out save in the playoffs in game two of the ALDS…Joined Duane Ward as the only Toronto pitchers to earn two 5-out saves in the postseason in club history...Struck out each of the four batters faced Sept. 21 at SEA…It marked the 2nd time in his career to strike out that many in an outing (last: 5-SO on June 22, 2015)...Collected six, four-out saves in 2016...Recorded his 30th save on Sept. 4 at TB becoming the youngest player to reach 30-SV in a season since 1969, when saves became an official statistic…The previous youngest was Neftali Feliz, who was 22 when he saved his 30th game of 2010 (TEX)…Also became the 11th different TOR-pitcher to record a 30-SV season & first since Casey Janssen in 2013 (34)...The save marked his 50th career...Suffered his 3rd blown save Aug. 19 at CLE suffered jand first since June 7 at DET, snapping a streak of 14 straight converted saves…Surrendered back-to-back HR (including walk-off inside-the-park HR) after retiring the leadoff hitter…It marked the first time he allowed 2-HR in a game…Both HR came with 2 strikes (Santana's game-tying HR came on 0-2 count)...Collected his 47th career save Aug. 17 at NYY (52nd SVO), becoming youngest pitcher in ML history to record that many saves prior to their 22nd birthday (previous record: Terry Forster-46)...Snapped a streak of 71 RHB without issuing a walk, Aug. 1 at HOU (intentional)...Was his first walk issued to a righthanded hitters since May 15 at TEX...Hit two batters in a game for the first time in his career July 26 vs. SD…Entering the contest had hit only two batters in his career, a span of 112G (114.0 IP)...Recorded his 100th career strikeout May 26 at NYY (Alex Rodriguez, who was also his first career SO victim)...Joined Miguel Batista (2005) as the only pitchers in club history to save the team's first two games of a season...At then 21.056 years of age, became the youngest pitcher in MLB history to record a save on Opening Day…Recorded the final three outs in the victory at TB.
Among AL relievers finished 6th in innings pitched (69.2) & 7th in opposition average (.192). His 20 saves were second most by a TOR rookie in club history (Koch-31 in 1999)… It was the most saves by an AL rookie since Addison Reed had 29 with CWS in 2012…It was the 5th most by an AL rookie since 2010. Earned his 20th SV of the year September 28 at BAL… The only other pitcher to save 20 games in one season at age 20 or younger was Terry Forster, with 29 saves for the White Sox in 1972. Became the first rookie relief pitcher in MLB history to appear in 67 games in a season when younger than 21 years old (next closest - Terry Foster, 62G in 1972). Allowed seven home runs, with four of those coming in September. Surrendered a career-high three earned runs September 19 vs. BOS. Recorded four saves of 4+ outs becoming the youngest TOR pitcher with multiple saves of 4+ outs in a season since Victor Cruz of TOR (20 years old, 6-SV of 4+ outs) in 1978. Suffered his 1st blown save since he became the closer on June 22 (2nd on season, 16-for-18) on Sept. 1 vs. CLE… Prior to blowing the save had converted 16 consecutive save opportunities which was the longest active saves streak at the time. Earned his first career save on June 22 at TB by pitching two scoreless innings & striking out five…The only other pitcher to post their first ML save while recording at least five SO & pitching no more than 2.0 IP was T.J. Mathews (STL) in '95. Was ejected in the 8th inning after hitting Adam Jones vs. BAL, June 19….Was his first career ejection. Began his season with 9.2 scoreless innings…Did not allow a home run in his first 24.2 innings to start his career…On May 31 at MIN that streak was snapped by HR to Plouffe. Earned his 1st career win (1.2 IP, 1H, 0R, 2K) vs. LAA on May 18, becoming the youngest Blue Jay to win a game in franchise history. April 8 at NYY made his Major League debut retiring both batters faced, stranding the bases loaded…At 20.060 days old became the youngest pitcher in club history to appear in a ML game…Miguel Castro, who made his debut on April 6 at NYY (20.103) previously held the record. Earned his first career postseason save in game five of the ALDS vs. TEX, becoming the youngest pitcher in AL history to record a save in the postseason...Became the fourth pitcher in club history to record a 5-out save in the playoffs (Ward, 2x & Henke). Became the second Blue Jays pitcher in team history to pitch more than five innings without allowing an earned run in a single playoff series after tossing 5.2 scoreless in the ALDS (Jim Acker, 1985). Retired the first 17 batters he faced in the playoffs before surrendering a home run to Kendrys Morales in game three of the ALCS…That streak is the second longest streak of its kind in franchise history (Price-18 consecutive batters retired)… It was the most consecutive batters retired by a pitcher in their first postseason since Rick Porcello with DET in 2011 (18 straight)…Became just the second player in postseason history to retire that many batters in a row when playing in their rookie season in MLB. After appearing in game three, became the third youngest pitcher ever to appear in an ALCS game (Bert Blyleven, 19 years old in 1970). Suffered the loss in the ALCS-clinching game after allowing the go-ahead run in the 8th inning in a Kansas City 4-3 victory. His 2.16 ERA in the playoffs is the seventh lowest among Blue Jays relievers in club history…Ranks as the second lowest ERA by a TOR rookie reliever in the postseason behind Aaron Sanchez (0.00 ERA).