Franquelis Antonio Osoria
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut June 7, 2005
- Final Game July 30, 2008
- Born September 12, 1981 in Santiago, Santiago, D.R.
Franquelis Osoria pitched in the major leagues from 2005 to 2008.
Osoria was signed by scouts Pablo Peguero and Ramon Perez for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in Deceber 1999, and worked his way up the Dodger minor league organization. Other than in the rookie league, he has always been primarily a reliever. He was 3-4 with a 2.52 ERA for the 2000 DSL Dodgers. The next year, he was 4-4 with a 3.16 ERA for the same club. In 2002, he pitched in a full-season league for the first time. He was 2-2 with one save and a 3.32 ERA in 21 games for the South Georgia Waves and 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 3 outings for the Vero Beach Dodgers. The next year, the 21-year-old spent all year with Vero Beach, posting a 3-6 record with six saves and a 3.00 ERA. He walked 19 in 75 innings, showing good control, and made 3 starts in addition to his 30 relief appearances.
In 2004, he moved up to the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League, and pitched 81 innings in 51 appearances, with an 8-5 record, 5 saves, and a 3.67 ERA.
He appeared briefly in Triple A in 2004 (a 6.48 ERA in 4 games), but spent most of 2005 there. Pitching for the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League, he had an ERA of 2.62 in 40 appearances with 9 saves and a record of 6-4. He allowed a .299 average but walked only 13 in 55 innings. He came up for 24 games with the 2005 Los Angeles Dodgers, going 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA and allowing only a .140 average to right-handed hitters.
In 2006, he again had most of his appearances with Las Vegas - 44 of them, with an ERA of 4.35 and 2 saves and a record of 2-2. In the majors, he appeared in 12 games, allowing a 7.13 ERA and 27 saves in 17 2/3 innings, going 0-2. He did not pitch for LA after May 10.
Osoria was waived by Los Angeles after the season and picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Osoria went 2-5 with 11 saves and a 2.63 ERA in 39 games for the Indianapolis Indians and 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 outings for the 2007 Pirates.
That winter, Osoria had a save and 0.84 ERA in 14 games for the Aguilas Cibaenas, allowing a .150 average. He ended his US career in 2008, pitching briefly for Indianapolis (2-1, Sv, 3.55 in 10 G) but mainly for the Pirates (4-3, 6.08 in 43 G).
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