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Marcus Stroman PBlue Jays

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 23)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
79.0 4.01 1.31 78 5 4 0 0.7
Birth Date5-1-1991
Height5' 9"
Weight185 lbs
Age23 years, 5 months, 20 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2014 TOR 23 26 20 130.7 120.3 10.3 11 6 1 0 14 0 534 125 56 53 7 171 28 27 3 111 3.65 2.87 3.88 17.4 1.9
Career2620130.7120.310.31161014053412556537171282731113.652.873.8817.41.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 VAN A- 7 0 11.3 3.12 140 .167 .256 .338 .364 .261 .296 113 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2012 NHP AA 8 0 8.0 5.54 78 .288 .263 .335 .384 .262 .304 103 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 NHP AA 20 20 111.7 4.11 111 .236 .254 .324 .391 .267 .301 105 19.2 2.1 19.2 2.1
2014 TOR MLB 26 20 130.7 3.88 112 .230 .251 .314 .385 .260 .306 106 17.4 1.9 17.4 1.9
2014 BUF AAA 7 7 35.7 3.02 134 .213 .253 .318 .375 .243 .348 96 10.0 1.0 10.0 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 NHP AA 2 0 0 8 0 8.0 8 6 8 1 62% .304 9.0 6.8 1.1 9.0 1.75 3.38 -0.4 -0.0
2012 VAN A- 1 0 0 7 0 11.3 8 3 15 0 48% .296 6.4 2.4 0.0 11.9 0.97 3.18 3.0 0.3
2013 NHP AA 9 5 0 20 20 111.7 99 27 129 13 45% .301 8.0 2.2 1.0 10.4 1.13 3.30 19.2 2.1
2014 BUF AAA 2 4 0 7 7 35.7 32 9 45 1 54% .348 8.1 2.3 0.3 11.4 1.15 3.03 10.0 1.0
2014 TOR MLB 11 6 1 26 20 130.7 125 28 111 7 55% .306 8.6 1.9 0.5 7.6 1.17 3.65 17.4 1.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 2078 0.5294 0.4615 0.8133 0.6118 0.2924 0.8871 0.6399 0.1867
Career20780.52940.46150.81330.61180.29240.88710.63990.1867

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Toronto 5/4/14.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2012 (1-22) (Duke). $1.8M signing bonus (slot amount).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 3 1.8 0 27 5 70.5 53 19 69 8 .249 1.03 2.78 3.02 12.4 1.3
80o 3 1.9 0 27 5 63.2 52 19 62 7 .266 1.12 3.20 3.48 9.6 1.0
70o 2.9 1.9 0 27 5 58.1 51 18 57 7 .278 1.19 3.52 3.82 7.6 0.8
60o 2.8 2 0 27 5 53.9 50 18 53 7 .288 1.25 3.79 4.12 5.8 0.6
50o 2.8 2 0 27 5 50.0 48 17 49 7 .298 1.31 4.06 4.41 4.1 0.4
40o 2.7 2.1 0 27 5 46.2 47 17 45 7 .308 1.37 4.32 4.7 2.5 0.3
30o 2.6 2.1 0 27 5 42.3 45 16 41 6 .318 1.44 4.61 5.01 0.7 0.1
20o 2.6 2.2 0 27 5 37.8 43 15 37 6 .330 1.53 4.96 5.39 -1.3 -0.1
10o 2.4 2.3 0 27 5 31.8 39 14 31 5 .347 1.65 5.46 5.93 -4.2 -0.4
Weighted Mean2.82027549.24717487.2951.294.014.364.40.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
27% 33% 5% 26% 45%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015247507212135123431311745.2861.233.583.898.22.98.71.11.9
2016257506912130117421311645.2871.223.403.698.12.99.01.12.2
2017267507012131124391281645.2961.243.663.988.52.78.81.11.7
2018277506812128119371281645.2921.223.513.818.32.69.01.11.9
2019286406411121111371181445.2921.233.493.808.32.88.81.01.8
2020297506811127118371241645.2921.223.533.838.42.68.81.11.9
2021306406511121112341191545.2921.213.453.758.32.58.91.11.9
2022316406311119111321141545.2921.203.473.778.42.48.61.11.9
2023326406210117108301131445.2911.183.383.688.32.38.71.11.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3.24.316.612.322.718.274.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Jeremy Hellickson 2010 3.47
2 93 Juan Oramas 2013 0.00 DNP
3 91 Jay Jackson 2011 0.00 DNP
4 88 Deck McGuire 2012 0.00 DNP
5 88 Scott Barnes 2011 0.00 DNP
6 88 James McDonald 2008 0.00
7 88 Jake McGee 2010 1.80
8 87 Christian Friedrich 2011 0.00 DNP
9 87 Will Inman 2010 0.00 DNP
10 87 Burch Smith 2013 6.44
11 87 Kris Medlen 2009 4.52
12 87 Gio Gonzalez 2009 6.20
13 86 Sean Nolin 2013 40.50
14 86 Andrew Chafin 2013 0.00 DNP
15 86 Carlos Carrasco 2010 4.03
16 86 Brad Boxberger 2011 0.00 DNP
17 86 Jake Odorizzi 2013 3.94
18 85 Matt Magill 2013 8.13
19 85 Brett Oberholtzer 2013 3.27
20 85 Max Scherzer 2008 3.86
21 85 James Simmons 2010 0.00 DNP
22 84 Eric Surkamp 2011 6.08
23 84 James Paxton 2012 0.00 DNP
24 84 Cody Martin 2013 0.00 DNP
25 84 Adam Conley 2013 0.00 DNP
26 84 Chris Withrow 2012 0.00 DNP
27 84 Sean Gilmartin 2013 0.00 DNP
28 84 Neil Ramirez 2012 0.00 DNP
29 84 Trevor May 2013 0.00 DNP
30 84 Wade LeBlanc 2008 8.02
31 84 Josh Lindblom 2010 0.00 DNP
32 83 Tyler Wilson 2013 0.00 DNP
33 83 Eric Hurley 2009 0.00 DNP
34 83 Jordan Zimmermann 2009 5.03
35 83 Tony Cingrani 2013 3.18
36 83 Tyler Pill 2013 0.00 DNP
37 83 Brandon Erbe 2011 0.00 DNP
38 83 Kevin Slowey 2007 5.26
39 83 Kelvin De La Cruz 2012 0.00 DNP
40 83 Wily Peralta 2012 2.48
41 83 Andres Santiago 2013 0.00 DNP
42 83 Luis Marte 2010 0.00 DNP
43 83 Sammy Solis 2012 0.00 DNP
44 83 Mauricio Robles 2012 0.00 DNP
45 83 Randall Delgado 2013 4.56
46 83 Chris Reed 2013 0.00 DNP
47 82 Michael Stutes 2010 0.00 DNP
48 82 Wilmer Font 2013 0.00
49 82 Kyle Lotzkar 2013 0.00 DNP
50 82 Buddy Baumann 2011 0.00 DNP
51 82 Mike Minor 2011 4.25
52 82 Rudy Owens 2011 0.00 DNP
53 82 Ben Hornbeck 2011 0.00 DNP
54 82 Donnie Veal 2008 0.00 DNP
55 82 Garrett Olson 2007 7.79
56 82 C.J. Riefenhauser 2013 0.00 DNP
57 81 Joe Wieland 2013 0.00 DNP
58 81 Austin Wright 2013 0.00 DNP
59 81 Aaron Miller 2011 0.00 DNP
60 81 Tyler Jones 2013 0.00 DNP
61 81 Lisalverto Bonilla 2013 0.00 DNP
62 81 Chuck Lofgren 2009 0.00 DNP
63 81 Danny Duffy 2012 4.23
64 81 Tyler Thornburg 2012 4.50
65 81 Dan Straily 2012 4.35
66 81 Lance Lynn 2010 0.00 DNP
67 81 Kasey Kiker 2011 0.00 DNP
68 81 Antonio Bastardo 2009 6.85
69 81 Chris Dwyer 2011 0.00 DNP
70 81 Phillippe Aumont 2012 3.68
71 80 Tyson Ross 2010 5.49
72 80 Casey Kelly 2013 0.00 DNP
73 80 Dellin Betances 2011 6.75
74 80 Anthony Swarzak 2009 6.56
75 80 Alex Cobb 2011 3.59
76 80 Bradley Holt 2010 0.00 DNP
77 80 Jon Niese 2010 5.03
78 80 Chad Bettis 2012 0.00 DNP
79 80 Zach Stewart 2010 0.00 DNP
80 80 Andy Oliver 2011 6.52
81 80 Blake Wood 2009 0.00 DNP
82 80 Vance Worley 2011 3.21
83 80 Jess Todd 2009 7.66
84 80 Casey Crosby 2012 9.49
85 80 Sean Watson 2009 0.00 DNP
86 80 Jake Arrieta 2009 0.00 DNP
87 80 Jeremy Bleich 2010 0.00 DNP
88 79 Mike Wright 2013 0.00 DNP
89 79 Matt Packer 2011 0.00 DNP
90 79 Forrest Snow 2012 0.00 DNP
91 79 Kyle Lobstein 2013 0.00 DNP
92 79 Matt Moore 2012 4.31
93 79 Scott Lewis 2007 0.00 DNP
94 79 David Bromberg 2011 0.00 DNP
95 79 Omar Poveda 2011 0.00 DNP
96 79 Nestor Molina 2012 0.00 DNP
97 79 Erik Johnson 2013 5.20
98 79 Jeurys Familia 2013 4.22
99 79 Alex Torres 2011 4.50
100 79 Dan Cortes 2010 5.06

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Toronto’s second first-round pick in last summer’s draft, Stroman elicits a lot of Tom Gordon comparisons because he delivers plus velocity from a slight frame. He pitched in the rotation at Duke, but some believe his future is in the back of the bullpen as a shutdown reliever. As a starter, he shows command of four pitches, including a mid-90s fastball and a two-plane, mid-80s slider, as well as feel for a solid changeup. He worked as a reliever after signing, reaching Double-A New Hampshire by August, before a positive drug test earned him a 50-game suspension. He’ll miss the first month of 2013 serving the balance of that suspension, but could be on the fast track once he returns.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-10 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'm 26 and the girl I thought I was going to marry broke up with me last night. Tell me something about the Blue Jays to make me feel better.
(Kyle from Canada)
Marcus Stroman is one of the best 25U pitchers in baseball. I think he has proven to just about everyone that he is a legitimate starter. Those guys Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris are pretty good too. (Tucker Blair)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)I was a big fan of Brandon Finnegan before the draft. Do you think he's a rotation guy (like perhaps a left Marcus Stroman)? Ceiling as a #2 but most likely a consistent #3?
(Chris from Oakland)
So was I. I thought 60 FB, 55 SL, 55 CH. #3 starter ceiling, 7th/8th inning reliever floor. Nice player. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)From one Craig to another; Brandon Finnegan is off to a nice roll in his pro debut and has reached AA already. Rotation piece in the bigs? If he sticks what upside do you see out of him?
(Craig from DC)
AND WE'RE BOTH IN DC. Let's meet and be best friends sometime. I absolutely love Finnegan and have thought of him as a LHP version of Marcus Stroman. I definitely think he's a starter, and I think he can be what we think of Stroman as. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Stroman looked great yesterday; has he exceeded your expectations since moving into the rotation or did you always envision him doing something like this if given the chance? Odds that he has sustained success (ie low 3's ERA) going forward?
(MJ from e-town)
The stuff was never a question, but Stroman's transition to the highest level has been smoother than anticipated. I like his chances to continue being a force in the Blue Jay rotation, but every eye in Toronto will be looking for fatigue down the stretch. Here's hoping that he stays strong. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Marcus Stroman sustain this level of performance as a starter? The kid looks like he has been in the bigs for years.
(johnd311 from Tucson)
He's proving me wrong with every start. I was a staunch believer in his future as a reliever. I still want to see how the league handles him a second and third time around, but he's doing things I didn't think he could do the first time through. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jake Odorizzi- is he primed for a big 2nd half? Would you rather have him over guys like Yordano Ventura, Marcus Stroman, Kevin Gausman, etc?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Not necessarily. He's already been on fire since May (3.14 ERA with 94 Ks in 77.3 IP). I think he will continue to be pretty solid (mid-to-high 3.00s) with an upside of just continuing what he's done the past two months (low-3.00s, major Ks) (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Marcus Stroman's last start is representative of what we will see from him for the rest of this year? Obviously he may not always be that good, but he definitely has swing and miss out pitches (ohhh that slider), and if he can keep that 95 mph heater on the outside edge to get ahead in counts it seems like he could be dangerous
(johnd311 from Tucson)
Yes. Like you said, he may not always be that good, one reason is because he isn't going to face the Royals every time. But he's got enough in the arsenal & elsewhere to get away with his physical limitations. (Ron Shah)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)In our h2h points league where we keep 5 players in the round drafted and can keep them as long as forever, I have stashed Bradley in round 16. His injury is making me wonder if it would be advisable to change horses. Other options that could be kept in round 20 would be Noah Syndergaard, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, or Marcus Stroman. Benches are short so keeping any prospect is a luxury especially since my team is always a strong title contender. Is anyone of the above arguably a better stash than Bradley as far as impact both this year and beyond?
(Eric Nosebar from Albuquerque )
Give me Syndergaard, Russell, Bryant or Buxton in Round 20 over Bradley in Round 16. Buxton's the biggest upside, but he likely won't contribute right away in 2015. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)If Marcus Stroman gets the call, what kind of season do you see him having?
(Kevin from Toronto)
I assume you mean into the rotation, as he's already in the majors. I'd expect lots of ups and downs, with an ERA above 4.00 and strikeout rate around 7 per nine. It's tough being a rookie pitcher, even if you're a very good prospect. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on a couple of prospects struggling after promotions - Marcus Stroman and Matt Wisler? Any reasons to be concerned in dynasty or just typical developmental hiccups?
(JoJo from SD)
No reason to be concerned on either. They're not finished products. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)If you could only have one for the remainder of the season, who'd you take: Taijuan Walker or Marcus Stroman?
(Jacob from Milwaukee)
I'm taking the healthy guy in Stroman. Walker could be better, but I don't like the risk profile here. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)12 man mixed league. Is Marcus Stroman worth grabbing now and stashing until he breaks into the rotation?
(Rob from Baltimore)
Probably not, but if you have enough reserve slots anyone is worth stashing. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)who wins this trade 2 years of control of Encarnacion and Anabal at resonable auction prices for 4 years of cheap control of Walker and Stroman?
(Jon from Tx)
I like the two years of Edwin Encarnacion and Anibal Sanchez better than Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman. It often takes young pitchers 300-400 innings to get to their talent level. You might be buying 2 years of subpar performance. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What should we expect out of Marcus Stroman in his first look at the majors?
(Rob from Baltimore)
Pure, unadulterated filth. I expect Stroman to have success his first time through the league, especially if he's working in short stints. We saw in the Arizona Fall League what he can do in one and two inning bursts when hitters don't get a second look at him. That's not to say he can't start - I've been in the Stroman-for-starter camp since the beginning. But he could be filthy as a reliever.

Then again, in Toronto, he's one elevated fastball away from a big blowup game. Aren't prospects the best? (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which SP will have a greater impact in the majors this season, Trevor Bauer or Marcus Stroman?
(bmccabe from New York)
Toughie. Bauer looked pretty good in his start. Better than I'd seen him in the majors. Flip a coin. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff, Thanks for the chat. Two questions. First, who's getting called up next? Second, who are we not talking about that we should be?
(Number27 from Milwaukee, WI)
I was as surprised as anybody that George Springer got called up when he did, though I’d guess it means that they’re closer to a contract extension than either side is letting on. I just don’t see the Astros giving up the service time like that for the sake of about one win between now and June in what will be another losing season. I’m thrilled he’s up, but it doesn’t make much sense.

Because of that, I have no idea who’s next. Some of the most obvious candidates – Javy Baez, Byron Buxton, Taijuan Walker, and Addison Russell for example, have battled injuries. There are some more obvious candidates like Marcus Stroman, Andrew Heaney, Gregory Polanco and others, but I’ll bet most teams wait until the super-two deadline has safely passed.

Then again, who saw a Luis Sardinas promotion happening over the weekend? So who knows. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Drew Hutchison has the inside track for the rotation in Toronto , Is he Meh or is there any upside left ? Cheers Mike.
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
He's meh for me, and with Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman beating down the door, he's more of a capable AL-only fill in than a guy I'd gamble on in a deeper mixed. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Marcus Stroman ends up in the rotation?
(Mark from Omaha)
I do, I typically do have the shorty bias but everything I've read on him has me believing (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)You gave both Eddie Butler and Marcus Stroman a B- for their mechanics. Stroman had a better baseline (No grades <50 or >65) while Butler had higher peaks (70 torque 60 momentum) and lower valleys (35 balance, 45 posture), with a comparable release distance (55). My question in 2 parts: 1) While Stroman's height is usually the focal point of the SP/RP discussion; everything but his height says SP. Could it be argued that Butler is the more likely a late inning option?; and 2) What adjustments do you think these two could make to improve to achieve [better] success for a rotation future?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Awesome question, AJ.

1) Pitchers who lack balance in the delivery are at high risk for over-exposure in the rotation, and based on current mechanics I would say that Stroman is a better bet for the rotation than Butler. So it could definitely be argued that Butler is the better late inning option, with the caveat that I think Stroman is the more likely bullpen guy.

2) Stroman mostly needs to improve consistency of timing by repeating his pace to the plate while maintaining plus momentum. Balance (and often posture) typically round out later in a pitcher's development path, as the player gains functional strength and finds his peak physical form. These elements bode well for Butler, but he has multiple elements of balance that require improvement (vertical and lateral). So it could take time before he is ready to be successful at the highest level.

On the jukebox: Van Halen, "Mine All Mine" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Very deep 20-team dynasty league: I need MLB-ready pitching. I was offered Felix Hernandez and two bench bats (Likely Ackley and R Weeks) for Archie Bradley, Matt Harvey, and Marcus Stroman. I know you're not Sayre, Sporer, etc. But from the pitching expert side, do Harvey's TJ recovery, Bradley's control, and Stroman's size give you reason to part for the King?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It really depends on your team makeup and whether you have a good shot at 2014 contention or built for the long haul. I am optimistic about Harvey's return from injury, and he can be the King's equal if he comes all the way back. Interestingly, though, they are only about 3 yrs apart in age (Felix is just 27). Bradley and Stroman add considerable upside to the deal, and I would probably hold on to the young arms in a dynasty league - esp one with 20 teams, given that you need to have some extremes in order to prevail. But if you have a very strong team for 2014 that could age its way out of contention, then you may have to pull the trigger. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Best young pitcher stash - Stroman, Gray, or Duffy with hopes of getting 2014 production?
(Jackson from OH)
Marcus Stroman for 2014. Start the campaign. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league draft where I need OF/P since I already have 2 MiLB top 10 infielders. Guys available in the range I'll draft: Marcus Stroman, Andrew Heaney, Alex Meyer, Clint Frazier, Joc Pedersen. Anyone jump out at you?
(RWarriors13 from Illinois)
My man-crush on Marcus Stroman has been pretty well documented. I'm driving the Stroman-as-a-Starter bus. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: If Marcus Stroman was 6'3-6'4 instead of 5'9 (listed), he's be in contention for top arm in the minors (instead of currently being in 2nd or 3rd tier).
(AJ from Phoenix)
I think he's in contention for top arms anyway, but his projection is altered by his height for sure. It's not that Stroman can't start in the majors, it's that so few players of his size (i.e. short) have done it successfully for long. Making 30+ starts a year is tough on the body and being bigger and stronger helps. Think of an NFL lineman. It's not that a 5'9 guy couldn't be a lineman. If he was strong enough and smart enough he could do it physically, but his chances of breaking down would be much greater. That's the issue with Stroman. And has been noted before, one of the biggest precursors for injury is injury, so there's no need to push Stroman past his breaking point. That said, I think the Jays will try and start him, so we shall see. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Lightning round question: Marcus Stroman or Jonathan Gray?
(summerdays from Boston)
Gray (Jason Parks)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we expect out of the Blue Jays rotation in 2014? It can't possibly be as bad as last season, can it? There can'd be much room for improvement left in the aged veterans Dickey and Buehrle, so where will it most likely come from?
(Paul from DC)
Marcus Stroman! I'm chugging the Kool-Aid. Wouldn't be surprised if we saw Drabek do something of note, too. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most under and overrated top 50 prospects?
(JJ from MPLS)
Overrated: Kyle Crick. Million dollar arm, ten-cent control. Of course, when he starts throwing strikes I'm going to look like a fool. I actually hope that happens. I want all prospects to reach their ceilings. Even Mets prospects.

Underrated: As I said before, I love Marcus Stroman. I think he sticks as a starter and dominates. I also love small starters and pitchers who rock single-digit numbers. #want (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following diminuitive right-handers: Sonny Gray, Carlos Martinez, Marcus Stroman, Peter Dinklage, Yordano Ventura,
(Mr. C from Milwaukee)
Ventura, Martinez, Gray, Stroman, with Dinklage last just because he's from Jersey and is probably friends with Mort. (I kid, I kid) (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Question about short starters. Marcus Stroman, Carlos Martinez, and Yordano Ventura are all vertically challenged... not that that's a bad thing. Bur with height comes the ability to create plane with your pitches, These guys will have to work low in the zone to achieve that. Are you a believer in them as starters, or do you feel they are destined for the bullpen? Also, it could be a lazy comp, but aforementioned short guys who throw *really* hard deserve at least a cursory Kimbrel comp, no?
(Ken Rosenthal from Down Here!)
In general, I think that shorter pitchers too often get pigeon-holed into relief roles, and I further thing that downhill plane is largely over-rated.

Plane matters, but it is far more important to impact the angle of the pitch at the point of contact - on other words, stuff! The impact of initial trajectory is minimal - in fact, if you raise a pitcher's release point by a full foot of height, you only increase the angle of declination by ONE degree. In a vacuum, this results in 0.5% more groundballs. I would much rather that a pitcher has an effective sinker than a tall release point. Great point on the low-in-the-zone, Ken, but this is true of all pitchers - it is much easier to coax grounders with a pitch at the knees than one at the letters, regardless of plane.

I think that the bigger issue for shorter pitchers is one of release-point extension, with shorter arms and legs that limit release distance. Almost all of the successful starters who were of shorter stature also had excellent momentum to help overcome for the height deficiencies - including Lincecum, Oswalt, and Stroman!

On the jukebox: Iron Maiden, "Two Minutes to Midnight" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)After watching Noah Syndergaard blossom into one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, could the Blue Jays actually be stupid enough to consider sending Aaron Sanchez or Marcus Stroman to Chicago for two years of Jeff Sarmfhugjhkhjiza?
(Kyle from Ottawa, ON)
I hope that doesn't happen. It seems a bit reckless to me. For what its worth, I would take Stroman over Sanchez. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many industrial sized bottles of lotion will you need when you do the Cubs' system rankings if they trade Samardzija for a package of, say, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman and DJ Davis? Would a deal like that move their system ahead of the Twins? What do you think about Sanchez and Stroman?
(TulaneCubs from Chicago)
That's not a realistic package for David Price, much less for Shark. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)At jury duty wondering if I should pull a Cusack (#RunawayJury). Which prospects have you seen whose mechanics were exceptional given their age/stuff/advancement?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I can't say "exceptional" but I can say what I like (I'm an analyst, not a scout) and there are plenty of guys I simply haven't seen yet. That said, Julio Urias pops to mind, no one that young should be in the MWL let alone pitch as well as he did. Taijuan Walker has that amazingly easy power. So does Aaron Sanchez, nice and balanced. Marcus Stroman has amazing arm speed and athleticism in his delivery. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the expected (by you) future value of the four vertically-challenged pitchers: Carlos Martinez, Yordano Ventura, Marcus Stroman. Which of them, if any, will spend less than 2 years in MLB as a starter?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
Same order you've got, despite my love of Stroman he has to prove he can start before I move him up. Stroman is the most likely to go quickly (back) to the pen since he's so small. I think Martinez and that sinker will do some damage at the middle of the St. Louis rotation. Ventura is exciting but still raw. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Marcus Stroman sticks as a starter or does he project more in relief? He looked so nasty in the AFL, easy to get excited about him in the rotation.
(John from Philly)
I'd love to project him as a starter, but the odds are he's still a reliever. But it's definitely easy to get excited about the stuff and I think he's a fantasy contributor in either role. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any players who you had seen multiple times and felt you had a great read on either good or bad, then completely surprised you by going in the opposite direction?
(petelunchbox from Handsome City)
This happens all the time. It is an unfortunate side effect of the business we are in. I was locked down, convinced Rick Porcello was a future #2 starter. I saw Marcus Stroman repeatedly in college and was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wouldn't last as a starter in the minor leagues. Like I said...it happens a lot, and I'm not ashamed to admit when it does. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug - All year we have heard negative reports on the mechanics of Aaron Sanchez? Yet the results have been pretty good, culminating in a great run in the AFL. What have you heard on his form? Also, is there anything besides height that has you thinking that Marcus Stroman should be in the pen? Thank you.
(R.A.Wagman from Toronto)
Sanchez has reportedly straightened his posture and shortened his stride, and though I had not seen much of him prior to the AFL, footage from the Fall Stars game confirms the posture and stride. The improved posture is great (so is his balance), and the slow pace allows him to repeat the delivery, but I really don't like the muted stride. He can survive on the minors on raw stuff, but advanced batters will likely punish him with a shortened release distance. Once again, the Tyson Ross paradigm rears its ugly head - never thought I would use that name so many times in the same chat!

On the jukebox: Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)My question is about Marcus Stroman.I've always been a huge fan of his mechanics despite the drop and drive. I feel he has good tricks to make up for lack of size. However, the lack of plane and life on his FB makes me think the closer role is more realistic than starter. I'm not feeling great about adding a cutter either and feel the Jays should have tried a split, 2 seam or sinker instead. What are your thoughts?
(Chris Sherwin from Windsor, Ontario)
Excellent question, and I dig the detail! His balance is actually much-improved, and there was little-to-no semblance of the drop-n-drive during his recent stint in the AFL. I agree that a drop in center-of-gravity is a big problem for a 5'9" pitcher for exactly that reason (plane), especially for a guy with strong posture and a low-ish angle of shoulder abduction, so it is huge that he has stabilized his balance. I do like the momentum and stride that helps to make-up for some of the lack of size. My thoughts on the secondaries - I favor adding a split for basically every pitcher. It's an awesome pitch that is easy to teach and relatively easy to master. The sinker/2-seam can be tougher, but these days it is becoming almost a requisite for success. The development of the secondaries will ultimately determine his fitness for the rotation, though the bias against size combined with his short-burst velocity may have predetermined his path of least resistance.

On the jukebox: Guns n' Roses, "Night Train" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Stroman - starter or reliever? What is his upside in either role? Given that he seems likely to be homer-prone, especially as a starter, is it reasonable that he's more valuable to a team that plays in a less homer-friendly park than Rogers Centre?
(Bret from Toronto)
I think he can start. He's short as shit; I'd guess he's closer to 5'7'' than 5'9''. But the stuff is there to start. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)There seem to be a lot of very good "smaller" minor league pitchers close to or already in the MLB (Carlos Martinez, Yordano Ventura, Marcus Stroman, etc.) Why does everyone assume bullpen for these type of guys. I understand they aren't "built" like a prototype pitcher, but even if they can't log 200 innings, say they can log 170 (which is about 29, 6 inning starts), isn't that more valuable than being in the bullpen?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Great question, ShawnyKid.

There is a modicum of truth to the bias against short pitchers, but for the most part it is completely overblown. The assumption that these guys can't hold up is based on very weak anecdotal evidence, and as you astutely mention, even if the theory was true then there should be a way to get more innings out of shorter pitchers.

Teams have become way too adherent to the system of 6-inning guys and 1-inning guys, in my opinion, as well as having set roles throughout the season. Similar to the earlier question about conditioning, I very much prefer a dynamic approach to workloads, because reality is not so convenient as to divvy these pitchers up into so few categories. There are 20-pitch guys, 50-pitch guys, 70-pitch guys, 110-pitch guys, and so on. It is all about knowing your staff and working within each player's own limitations.

On the jukebox: Sublime, "Santeria" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on Marcus Strohman? If he's (just about) universally regarded as a reliever long term, then why does Toronto keep trotting him out there every fifth day as a starter? And more importantly, why is he continuing to succeed as a starter in AA despite having relatively limited professional experience?
(fran from NYC)
Marcus Stroman is a very good pitcher with extremely high end stuff. That is why he continues to dominate Double-A. The Blue Jays keep him in a starters role, even if they think he is ultimately a reliever because they are able to have him efficiently work on developing his secondary pitches. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Think we see a call up for Marcus Stroman this year (September)?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Given the way their season is going, I think the Blue Jays would rather see if Stroman can stick in the rotation than rush him to the majors as a reliever. But yes, I do think he'll get a September cup of coffee. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Stroman's ceiling as a starter? Reliever?
(Kris from PEI)
I don't see him as a starter. I think he can be closer, and a good one. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Stroman has been touted as possibly the first Jays prospect to debut in the MLB, but does his upside touch either of Sanchez or Osuna?
(Wes from Toronto)
Stroman might reach the majors first because of his college pedigree and expected role—which is to say he may wind up in the bullpen. The other two need more polish before being able to take on big-league hitters. If he does move to the bullpen then I'd say he has the lowest upside of the three. Nothing against a quality reliever, I'm just going to take a number-three starter over a set-up guy most of the time. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank these guys please. Thanks! Marcus Stroman, Didi Gregorius, Jorge Alfaro, Austin Hedges, Daniel Norris, Lance McCullers, Bryce Brentz, Daniel Corcino, Clayton Blackburn, Delino DeShields.
(Brandon from Pittsburgh)
DeShields, Blackburn, McCullers, Alfaro, Brentz, Stroman, Hedges, Norris, Corcino, Gregorius. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Marcus Stroman sticks as a starter or ends up in relief?
(BenJull from Canada)
I think he ends up in relief. (Jason Parks)
2013-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Stroman. You see him long-term as a SP or RP. While IP is one of the most undervalues stats, it's hard to value someone who has a [reported] Kimbrelesque upside as a closer, no?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Reliever for me -- I don't see him as the next Kimbrel (though I applaud the cross-race comp). Kimbrel's stuff is just louder. (Nick Faleris)
2012-06-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard from a lot of prospect people that Marcus Stroman could possibly make it to the majors this year as a reliever. How long would Stroman's path be if Toronto tried to keep him in the starting rotation, and do you think there is any chance he could stick as a back of the rotation starter?
(Richis from Ottawa)
He's got front-end stuff, but it's pretty much impossible to see it working out. Five-foot-nine (or eight) guys don't throw 200 innings in the big leagues. Just pop him in the bullpen, where he's been crazy dominant and ride it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these 3 in ceiling: Kyle Zimmer, Michael Wacha and Marcus Stroman? Thx
(Steven from Madison)
I really like Zimmer, but I haven't seen enough to rank the players with any accuracy. It depends on how you value rotation horses vs potential late-inning arms. Did you prefer the electricity of a late-inning arm or the safety of a solid-average number 3 that chews innings? I tend to lean towards electricity. (Jason Parks)


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Marcus Stroman has thrown 2,120 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph), Cutter (91mph), Curve (83mph), Slider (88mph) and Change (86mph).