Marcus Stroman, the 22nd pick overall of the 2012 draft, made his first appearance after serving a 50-game suspension for violating the leagues performance enhancing drug policy. Stroman, a former Duke star, says he unknowingly took PED’s from an over-the-counter supplement.
Stroman, a 22-year-old righty, is listed as the Jays’ 5th best prospect by mlb.com He quickly showed why in his first game back from his suspension by tossing five shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 6 in double-A.
There has been much debate whether Stroman would better serve the organization as a reliever (maybe a closer) or a starter. For now, he is being stretched out as a starter. But at 5’9″, he isn’t exactly the prototype of most starting pitchers coming through the minors these days.
I saw this kid pitch at spring training this year and he certainly has electric stuff. He’ll get up to mid-90’s with his fast ball and has three plus pitches to go with it (slider, cutter, change). If he pitches to his potential over the next couple months, look for him to make his major league debut in the second half.