News Americas, TORONTO, Canada, Fri. Sept. 2, 2011: Seven international players from Central and South America have been snapped up by Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos sai the seven include five 16-year-olds – Mexican pitcher Roberto Osuna; pitcher Manuel Cordova and outfielders Wuilmer Becerra Jesus Gonzalez, all from Venezuela; pitcher Alberto Tirado from the Dominican Republic, and two 17-year-olds – Dominican pitchers Jairo Labourt and Yeyfry Del Rosario.
“Our commitment to Latin America, our commitment to get the best available players in Latin America, has been in existence now for quite some time,” Marco Paddy, Toronto’s director of Latin America operations, said. “Our search, in urgency, was to get the best available players that the market had to offer, that was the biggest thing.”
Osuna, a right-hander and the nephew of former Dodgers, White Sox and Yankees pitcher Antonio Osuna, is perhaps one of the most advanced kids out of the group.