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54 Marcus Stroman SP
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/1/1991 | Birthplace: Medford, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 73/32 | Average Draft Position: 245.91
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Marcus Stroman knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was blasted by the Angels Wednesday.

Stroman had a tough start, giving up five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and one walk. Stroman struck out four during the outing. The Angels just slowly chipped away at Stroman during the start. After a scoreless first inning, Stroman allowed two runs in the second, third and fourth frames. He technically allowed six runs, but only five were earned. Stroman was pulled after giving up a two-run shot to Kole Calhoun in the fourth inning. 

C.J. Wilson had an equally poor start, allowing Stroman to escape with a no-decision. With the All-Star Game approaching, it’s unclear when Stroman will make his next start. 


Marcus Stroman strangely overlooked


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is owned in only 72 percent of leagues. That's the same as Dillon Gee, who hasn't started a game since May 10 and wasn't exactly Cy Young material before then. It's 15 percent less than Wily Peralta, 12 percent less than Dan Haren, 11 percent less than Shelby Miller, 8 percent less than R.A. Dickey and 1 percent less than Hiroki Kuroda. Together, those five have combined for a 3.97 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Upside certainly doesn't explain the descrepancy. The only one with anywhere close to Stroman's is Miller, and he hasn't actually shown his since last June. Stroman, meanwhile, has a 2.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in seven starts, pitching at least six innings in six of them. And while that ERA is obviously too good to be true, one right around 3.00 is perfectly reasonable for what he's doing peripherally, which is perfectly in line with what he did in his minor-league career.

So what are you waiting for?


Marcus Stroman fans seven in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman tossed his best outing of the season Friday, but got nothing to show for it as the game against the Athletics went into extras.

Stroman twirled seven shutout innings in the game, limiting the A's to just three hits. Only one of those hits went for extra bases, while he struck out seven batters and walked three in the no-decision.

The game headed into extra innings with a scoreless tie intact, leaving Stroman's record at 4-2. He lowered his ERA to 3.44 with the start, with his next outing set for Wednesday against the Angels. 


Marcus Stroman earns no decision after bullpen fails


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched well enough to earn a win Saturday against the White Sox.

Stroman went 6 2/3 innings, giving up just two hits and two walks. Stroman allowed two runs during the appearance. Stroman was cruising until the sixth inning. After giving up a double to Jose Abreu and a walk to Adam Dunn with two outs, Stroman was pulled in favor of Dustin McGowan.

On the first pitch he threw, McGowan allowed a three-run home run. The hit ensured Stroman would receive a no-decision. Stroman's next start is slated to come against the Athletics. 


Marcus Stroman tosses eight one-run innings in win vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman earned a win Monday, giving up just one earned run on three hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out seven in his team's 8-3 victory over the Yankees.

Stroman (4-2) pitched more than six innings for the first time in his career Monday, and the only damage the Yankees managed was a solo home run with the Blue Jays already up 7-0 in the fourth inning. The rookie owns a 4.25 ERA and 30:7 K:BB ratio in 36 innings. Stroman is set to square off with the White Sox Saturday.


Marcus Stroman bumped from Sunday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been bumped from Sunday's start.

Liam Hendriks will get a spot start Friday so that R.A. Dickey can receive some extra rest. Dickey will get the call Sunday, which will push Stroman to Monday. Stroman will have a two-start week next week, and will take on the Yankees and White Sox. 


Yankees get to Marcus Stroman early in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman stumbled for the first time as a starter Tuesday, in a 3-1 loss to the Yankees.

After opening his career with three quality starts in a row, Stroman could not make it out of the fourth inning this time around. He was chased after allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings on 98 pitches, with four hits and three walks. He also struck out a career-low two batters in the game.

Stroman has still posted very good numbers as a starter, sporting a 2.91 ERA and 2-2 record since moving out of the bullpen. He will try to get back on track in his next outing, Sunday in Cincinnati. 


Marcus Stroman shows something in latest start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Marcus Stroman wasn't at his best Wednesday against the Twins, but after serving up a two-run homer to Josh Willingham in the first inning, he did his best to limit the damage over the next five, picking up a quality start despite allowing nine hits.

No doubt, his stellar control played a part in his recovery. He didn't walk a batter for the second time in three starts, making the surplus of hits easier to pitch around. Still, not every pitcher in his third major-league start would have pitched around them or would have resisted nibbling when the hits began to pile up. It may not have been his best work, but Stroman showed us something with this start.

That "something" is along the lines of "grit" or "determination," which is of course a sabermetricians' nightmare and hardly the most imporant evaluation of a pitcher. But when you get past the fundamental questions of role, control and does it fly or does it roll, intangibles still have their say. Mike Minor has always credited them for his breakthrough midway through 2012, when, to paraphrase, he stopped spazzing out every time he got into a jam.

If this is the way Stroman pitches at less than his best at this stage of his career, he'll quickly become a fixture in Fantasy.


Marcus Stroman takes first career loss vs. Twins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman lost for the first time in his career Wednesday, as he fell to the Twins, 7-2.

Despite the ugly final score, Stroman still notched his third quality start in as many trips to the mound, as he allowed three runs in six innings. He did so despite scattering nine hits In his six innings of work, thanks to four strikeouts and no walks on 96 pitches.

Stroman is 3-1 on the season, and 2-1 win since becoming a starter. He has allowed just five runs in 18 innings over his three starts, and will try to keep his solid run up when he takes on the Yankees Tuesday. 


Marcus Stroman has earned his place


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Here's what we know: So far as a starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman has a 1.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He followed up his first gem May 31 with another quality start Sunday against the Cardinals. Given his minor-league track record -- in particular, his 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.4 walks per nine innings -- what he's done in those two starts is in no way a surprise.

Here's what we don't know: Why he struggled so much in five relief appearances prior to those two starts, allowing four earned runs in each of his last two to earn a brief trip back to the minors.

He may have simply been unaccustomed to the role. The Blue Jays thrust him into it without transitioning him at Triple-A first, forcing him to adjust on the fly. And adjusting on the fly while facing major-league hitters for the first time is a recipe for disaster.

Stroman's overall numbers are still inflated from his time in the bullpen, but given his upside, I say he's earned his place on mixed-league rosters with his first two starts. After all, that's the first we've seen of him in his intended role.


Marcus Stroman picks up third win in sharp outing vs. Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman looked sharp on Friday against the Cardinals, improving to 3-0 on the year. The right-hander yielded one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings of a 3-1 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 12 innings, Stroman has allowed two earned runs. He owns a 5.40 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 18 1/3 innings. He will look to keep rolling Wednesday at home against Minnesota.

Don't judge Marcus Stroman on relief appearances


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) Marcus Stroman didn't make a good impression in five relief appearances earlier this season, allowing four earned runs in each of his final two before returning to Triple-A Buffalo.

So perhaps his start Saturday, the first of his big-league career, caught Fantasy owners by surprise. In six innings, he allowed just one run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Given Stroman's stuff and his pedigree, though, it really shouldn't. In the first 20 starts of his professional career at Double-A New Hampshire last year, he went 9-5 with 3.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP -- good enough numbers in their own right, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio showed the full extent of his dominance. He averaged 10.4 strikeouts compared to 2.2 walks per nine innings.

And he was just as effective in seven starts at Triple-A Buffalo this year. Combined with Saturday's start, it's enough to suggest he may not have been completely comfortable breaking into the big leagues in an unfamiliar role. It's not like they eased him into it or anything. He went from suddenly starting to suddenly relieving.

Considering the Blue Jays sent down a surprisingly effective Liam Hendriks to clear a rotation spot for Stroman, they must think the 23-year-old is ready. Right now, he has the perfect combination of job security and upside, making him a sleeper in all formats.


Marcus Stroman secures another start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman will start Friday against the Cardinals.

Stroman earned himself another start after Saturday's performance. The club optioned Liam Hendriks to the minors following Sunday's game, freeing up a rotation spot for Stroman. In 12 1/3 innings, Stroman has posted a 7.30 ERA. 


Marcus Stroman earns win in his first start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman earned his a win during his first major-league start Saturday.

Stroman's slider was particularly sharp during the start. He used the pitch to get four of his six strikeouts. He ran into trouble just once, allowing a run scoring single in the second inning. Stroman allowed three hits during the inning, but escaped after giving up just one run. He was able to hold the Royals in check otherwise.

Stroman allowed one earned run over six innings. He gave up five hits and walked none. The win brought Stroman to 2-0 on the season. It's unclear whether Stroman will receive a start the next time through the rotation. If he does remain in the rotation, he would likely start against the Cardinals.


Marcus Stroman sent down to Triple-A Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) The Blue Jays optioned right-hander Marcus Stroman down to Triple-A Buffalo after Sunday's game against the Rangers, per Sportsnet.ca. Stroman posted a whopping 12.79 ERA and a 2.21 WHIP in 6 1/3 innings of work this season.

Marcus Stroman claims he's ready to start if called upon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman has yet to be tabbed as the replacement for Dustin McGowan in the rotation, but he speaks optimistically about his potential in that role.

"I think I'd be ready for it," he told the National Post. "I haven't been told anything so I'm still thinking I'm a reliever. But if that were to happen, I'd be prepared because I did that the majority of my career anyway."

Stroman, who made five starts with Triple-A Buffalo before his May 4 promotion, has not pitched longer than 1 2/3 innings this year with Toronto. He also gave up eight earned runs in his last three innings pitched out of the bullpen, which could have John Gibbons leaning toward veteran Todd Redmond as his new starter instead.


Marcus Stroman, Todd Redmond being considered for rotation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Blue Jays are considering moving Marcus Stroman or Todd Redmond into the rotation, according to the National Post

The club announced Thursday that Dustin McGowan would move to the bullpen. Though it hasn't been announced who will take his spot in the rotation, it's assumed either Stroman or Redmond will get the job. Stroman entered the year as one of the team's top prospects. Redmond started 14 games with the club last season, but has been used primarily as a reliever in 2014.


Marcus Stroman gets relief win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman earned the first victory of his major-league career Tuesday, in a 6-5 win over the Phillies.

Stroman pitched the ninth inning of the game as it went into extra innings, and recorded the first out of the 10th before he was relieved with a 6-5 lead. He struck out one batter and allowed one hit before leaving the game with the win.

Stroman is being asked to pitch out of the bullpen to start his major-league career, but is likely first in line should a rotation spot open up down the line. 


Marcus Stroman worth stashing as reliever


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) Well, Marcus Stroman arrived this weekend after all, but not in the role everyone was thinking. The Blue Jays have confined him to the bullpen for now, where he'll await the next opening after J.A. Happ took the place of an injured Brandon Morrow.

I'm thinking that opening will develop sooner than later.

Stroman could even end up replacing Happ himself, who the Blue Jays probably felt they owned a chance after an injury caused him to get passed over for a job this spring. But given his 4.95 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 77 appearances, including 70 starts, since the start of 2011, the chances of Happ running away with the job are slim to none.

Maybe if the Blue Jays had the pitching depth of the Cardinals, I'd worry about Stroman getting stuck in Carlos Martinez purgatory, but the Blue Jays will need him sooner than later. And now that they've already started the arbitration clock, they won't hesitate to move him into the role once it becomes obvious.

His upside makes him worth stashing in the meantime. I'd still rather have Trevor Bauer, but when you begin dipping into the Bartolo Colon-Wade Miley class of starting pitchers, you might as well take a flier.


Blue Jays add Marcus Stroman to bullpen mix


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) The Blue Jays promoted pitching prospect Marcus Stroman to the majors after Saturday's game and will use the highly-regarded youngster out of the bullpen initially, Sportsnet reports.

Stroman has done an excellent job with Triple-A Buffalo over the first month of the season, going 2 2 with a 1.69 ERA and 36:7 K:BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over five starts. Despite his move to the major-league bullpen, he figures to join the team's rotation before long.


Marcus Stroman on his way? Not necessarily ...


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, who is currently at Triple-A Buffalo, has gotten plenty of looks in Fantasy over the last couple weeks, and for good reason. The Blue Jays recently aligned his starts with Dustin McGowan's, who appeared on the verge of losing his rotation spot after a series of poor performances, making the old switcheroo a distinct possibility.

But then McGowan threw a quality start at Kansas City Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings, theoretically buying him a chance to redeem himself. And then, just Wednesday on Fantasy Baseball Today, Jon Heyman said the Blue Jays consider J.A. Happ to be next in line should the need arise.

Now, maybe they say that to placate Happ, who was upset about his move to the bullpen. Maybe they can use Stroman's six no-hit innings at Triple-A Tuesday as an excuse to go that route instead. But if only because of McGowan's last start, I wouldn't consider Stroman's arrival imminent.

It doesn't mean he isn't worth stashing. Given his upside, I already rank Stroman among my top 100 starting pitchers. But I'd prefer to stash someone like Trevor Bauer over him and explain why in the latest Prospects Report.


Blue Jays realign Marcus Stroman's throwing schedule


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) The Blue Jays have realigned pitcher Marcus Stroman 's throwing schedule so that he pitches the same day as Dustin McGowan, according to Sportsnet. 

There was a report earlier in the week suggesting Stroman was close to being called up, and this could be a sign that it will happen soon. McGowan has struggled in the rotation, posting a 6.88 ERA through 17 innings. If he falters Tuesday, there's a chance McGowan could start in his place the next time through the rotation. 

Stroman has a 2.18 ERA in 20 2/3 innings at Triple-A. 


Marcus Stroman coming to the big leagues 'soon'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Blue Jays pitching prospect Marcus Stroman is coming to the big leagues "soon," according to Sportsnet. 

"He’s done very well to date and we think his time is coming soon and it’s just a matter of the right opportunity for him," assistant general manager Tony LaCava said. Stroman has been solid in 20 1/3 innings in the minors. He's posted a 2.18 ERA with 26 strikeouts. It looks like he could be the first callup if the team has issues or injuries with the rotation. 


Marcus Stroman, Ricky Romero sent to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Blue Jays announced Wednesday they reassigned pitchers Ricky Romero and Marcus Stroman to minor-league camp. Both pitchers were in the running for a spot in the rotation.

Marcus Stroman not making a strong case to make the team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman might have punched his ticket to the minors to begin the season after the horrendous performance he turned in Tuesday against the Tigers. Pitching in relief, Stroman allowed seven runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out one in one-third of an inning.

Stroman took the hill to begin the fifth inning, but it would be a performance he would want to forget. The first six batters in the inning reached base, but the big hit came off the bat of Don Kelly, who had a grand slam. Stroman would face eight batters before being pulled from the game.

Stroman's ERA jumped from 8.00 to 14.46 in his fourth spring appearance (one start). He's allowed at least two runs in each of his four appearances.