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Braves keep Gustafson, lose Osuna

The Atlanta Braves lost a pitching prospect in the draft of unprotected minor leaguers, but it wasn't Parkview grad Tim Gustafson.

Kansas City selected left-hander Edgar Osuna from the Gwinnett roster on Thursday in the Rule 5 draft at baseball's winter meetings in Indianapolis.

Osuna, 22, was 7-10 with a 4.02 ERA with Class AA Mississippi and Class A Myrtle Beach last season, walking just 35 in 150 innings.

The Royals will have to keep Osuna in the majors next season or offer him back to Atlanta for half of the $50,000 draft price.

Like former Georgia Tech standout Gustafson, Osuna needed to be protected on the 40-man major league roster and there wasn't room after Atlanta promoted five other prospects — left-handers Lee Hyde, Jose Ortegano and Jonny Venters, and right-handers Kyle Cofield and Jeff Lyman.

Osuna had a 3.72 ERA in 13 starts for Mississippi after being promoted from Myrtle Beach and has pitched well in relief for his native Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League, posting a 1.40 ERA in 15 games.

Gustafson, 24, also finished strong at Mississippi and continued the fine work by going 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA as the ace of the Novojoa rotation in the Mexican Pacific League. The right-hander was protected on the Gwinnett roster, so he was not eligible for the Class AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Atlanta, with a full 40-man roster, was not eligible to select anyone in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft and passed in the AAA and AA selections. A total of 42 players were selected, 17 at the major league level.