High 3/4 arm slot; short, compact arm action despite long arms; elbow elevates quite a bit in the backside; arm is a tad late and plays catch up; arm speed doesn't standout; hides the ball well; repeats the delivery out of a controlled, slow pace; good balance throughout the delivery.
San Jose Giants (High A, Giants)
No. 4 starter
Sat 89-91; hit 92 a few times, but didn't throw it for a strike when he did; held velocity throughout the 5 innings; some good wiggle to it; moved it around well and ran variations of it throughout the outing; command sharpened in the third inning and after; jammed several right-handed batters inside; however, left one over the plate to a grip-it-and-rip-it hitter, who proceeded to send the ball into the woods.
One of two breaking balls the pitcher will show and the best of his secondary offerings; slider possesses tilt with plus horizontal action; plays well against right-handed batters, biting away from their barrels, but enters the wheelhouse of a left-handed batter; primarily used as a chase and put-away pitch located away to right-handed batters; action needs to be tightened up.
Consistent arm speed; offering looks like a fastball out of the hand; flashes some fade and vertical drop; lacks horizontal movement; deceptive offering rather in action, so there is a risk for hanging changeups if command isn't tightened up; pitcher works it well into sequencing;
Pitcher primarily worked off of the fastball, with cutting and two-seam action, for the first few innings before incorporating a breaking ball the second time through. Changeup got worked into the sequence late in the outing. Showed a hard 11-5 curveballs in the low 80s, but didn't have a feel for it, so he put it away for the rest of the outing.
Stratton will be 24 years old in late August, so he will need to get moving along and on his way up the minor league ladder. Selected No. 20 overall in the 2012 draft.
When it is all said and done, Stratton strikes me as a finesse, right-handed pitcher at the major league level with more control than command. I do not believe he will be able to miss enough bats to profile as anything more than a back-end starter.