Keith Law confirmed Friday afternoon that Oregon State left-hander Josh Osich had Tommy John surgery last week and will miss the entire 2010 season. The junior has pitched primarily in relief for the Beavers but was expected to be a candidate for their rotation this year behind the likes of right-hander Kevin Rhoderick.
Law wrote last spring that Osich showed a "sharp slider and a hard changeup with good deception," and a "starter's repertoire and build with a short arm action, but has only made five starts across his two years at OSU. If he shows this kind of stuff as a starter this summer or next spring, he'll be a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick; as a reliever, he'd be close to a lock for the mid- to late first round."
The 20-year-old had a minor elbow procedure performed last year after appearing in 17 games for OSU, posting a 2.05 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings of work.
Osich is expected to take this season as a medical redshirt and return to the team in 2011.