Osteen was scheduled to report to the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday to be given a physical and be placed in some instructional league ball before being assigned to the D-Backs’ farm system, the Daily News said. He may pitch in the Arizona Fall League this fall and could find himself in the Rookie League or Class A next season.
The 23-year-old native of Tampa, Fla., was 1-1 with the Pupfish so far this year, with a 6.91 ERA, two saves, 17 strikeouts and 14 walks in 14 1/3 innings pitched, the paper reported.
But it was his speed that impressed a Diamondbacks scout who was in the stands Sunday during the Pecos League All-Star Game, the Daily News said.
“Basically the scout liked the velocity on my fastball,” Osteen told the Daily News. “He said I had pretty good movement on it. He said they’d like to give me the opportunity to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Velocity was around 93-94 miles an hour consistently.”
Osteen is the fourth Pupfish player to get a shot at a higher level of professional baseball, but the first to be signed by a Major League team, the paper reported.
But he may not be the last, according to the Daily News.
Team manager Keith Essary said he had been in contact with the Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants about Pupfish starting pitcher Chris Smith, the paper said.