Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman

Stroman pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 6
Starting pitcher
Born: (1991-05-01) May 1, 1991
Medford, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 2014, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 24–16
Earned run average 3.91
Strikeouts 295
WHIP 1.22

Marcus Earl Stroman (born May 1, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is listed at 180 lbs and is 5' 8" tall,[1] making him one of only six pitchers shorter than 5' 10" to make a start at the MLB level in the 21st century.[2]

High school & college

Stroman attended Patchogue-Medford High School. He was drafted in the 18th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft (532nd overall) by the Washington Nationals, but did not sign.[3] Stroman then attended Duke University, where he played college baseball for the Duke Blue Devils baseball team, and compiled a career record of 15–13 in 48 appearances, in addition to holding the Duke record for career strikeouts (290 over 222 innings pitched). He was also a position player for Duke, making 97 appearances, mostly at second base and shortstop.[4]

On May 15, 2016, Stroman graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in sociology.[5]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

Billed by analysts as the most major league ready player available in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft,[6] Stroman was drafted by the Jays 22nd overall, and became the first Duke player ever selected in the first round.[7] After starting his professional career with the Low-A Vancouver Canadians, the Blue Jays promoted Stroman to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on August 1, 2012.[8] Stroman was suspended for 50 games on August 28, 2012, for testing positive for methylhexanamine, a banned stimulant.[9]

Having completed his suspension, Stroman started and pitched five scoreless innings to get the win in the May 19, 2013 game for the Fisher Cats.[10][11] On July 2, 2013, Stroman struck out 13 batters over 623 innings in a 3–1 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats.[12] He was ranked as the number 3 prospect in the Blue Jays organization on July 26, 2013, when the revised Top 100 Prospects list was released.[13]

Stroman attended the Blue Jays' 2014 major league spring training camp, and was assigned to the minor league camp on March 19.[14] He was the 2014 Opening Day starting pitcher for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[15]

Major League career

2014 season

Stroman was called up to the Blue Jays on May 3, 2014, after Brandon Morrow was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.[16] At the time of his call-up, he was considered the organization's number two prospect.[17] He earned his first MLB victory on May 6, pitching 113 innings in relief of Drew Hutchison.[18] Stroman was optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo on May 18, and was recalled on May 30 to make his first Major League start the following day. He pitched six innings and surrendered only one earned run on five hits, striking out six and issuing no walks to earn the win over the Kansas City Royals.[19] On August 9, Stroman pitched nine innings for the first time in his career, but came away with a no-decision as the Blue Jays defeated the Detroit Tigers 3–2 in extra innings.[20] He would earn his first complete game and shutout on September 8, needing only 93 pitches to beat the Chicago Cubs, 8–0. Stroman yielded only three hits and at one point had retired 19 consecutive batters.[21][22]

On September 17, Stroman was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Caleb Joseph during a game against the Baltimore Orioles. Immediately following the announcement, he filed an appeal of the suspension.[23] On September 21, Stroman dropped his appeal, and MLB reduced his suspension to five games.[24] It was announced shortly afterward that upon his return from the suspension, he would be moved to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.[25] Stroman pitched four innings in relief of Drew Hutchison's final start of the season on September 26, and earned his first career save. He did not appear in the final two games of the Blue Jays season, and finished 2014 with an 11–6 record, 3.65 ERA, 111 strikeouts, and a 1.17 WHIP in 13023 innings pitched.[26]

2015 season

Stroman in his 2015 debut

On October 6, 2014, Stroman announced through his Twitter account that he would change his uniform number from 54 to 6 in honor of his grandmother.[27] During spring training in 2015, Stroman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and was seemingly ruled out for 2015.[28] He underwent a successful surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair his ACL.[29] Stroman was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 5.[30] While receiving rehab Stroman returned to Duke University to finish his degree, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Markets and Management Studies.[31]

On August 5, it was announced that he would begin a rehab assignment later in the month.[32] He threw off a mound for the first time since his injury on August 11, after receiving medical clearance the day prior.[33] General Manager Alex Anthopoulos stated that Stroman would be stretched out as a starter in his rehab.[34] Stroman threw a 40-pitch simulated game on August 24,[35] and a 51-pitch game on August 28.[36] On September 2, he made his Class-A debut with the Lansing Lugnuts and pitched 423 innings, yielding no hits while walking one and striking out seven.[37] He made his second and final rehab start on September 7, with the Buffalo Bisons.[38] Manager John Gibbons confirmed on September 8 that Stroman would return as a starting pitcher, and make his 2015 debut against the New York Yankees on September 12.[39] He was activated from the 60-day disabled list on September 11,[40] and started the second game of a doubleheader the following day. Stroman would pitch five innings and earn the win, yielding three runs before being removed due to a rain delay.[41] He would make three more starts and finish the 2015 regular season with a 4–0 record, 1.67 ERA, and 18 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.[26]

Stroman made his MLB postseason debut in Game 2 of the 2015 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. He gave up three earned runs and struck out five, retiring 14 consecutive batters at one point. He pitched seven innings and received a no-decision in the loss.[42] He started again in game 5 of the same series, allowing six hits and two earned runs over six innings in an eventual 6–3 Blue Jays victory.

2016 season

On March 23, 2016, Stroman was named the Opening Day starter for the Blue Jays.[43] He pitched into the ninth inning, holding the Tampa Bay Rays to three runs on six hits, while striking out 5 in a 5–3 win.[44] Stroman established a new career-high in strikeouts, with 9, in a 5–1 win over the Rays on May 1. He also set a Blue Jays franchise-record for strikeouts on a pitcher's birthday, surpassing David Price, Marc Rzepczynski, and Roy Halladay, who each had 8 strikeouts in starts on their birthdays.[45] Stroman improved on his single-game strikeout record on August 1, when he struck out 13 Houston Astros batters in a no-decision.[46] He finished the 2016 regular season with a 9–10 record, 4.37 ERA, and 166 strikeouts over a career-high 204 innings pitched.[26] On October 3, the Blue Jays announced that Stroman would start the Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles the following day.[47] He pitched a full six innings, giving up just two earned runs and striking out six, as the Blue Jays won the game 5–2 in extra innings and advanced to the 2016 American League Division Series to play the Texas Rangers.[48] During the offseason, Stroman announced that he would play for Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[49]

Pitching style

Stroman's repertoire includes 6 pitches: his four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball average 93.5 miles per hour (150.5 km/h) and 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) respectively. His off-speed pitches include a curveball at 82.5 miles per hour (132.8 km/h), a changeup at 85 miles per hour (137 km/h), a cutter at 90 miles per hour (140 km/h), and a slider at 86 miles per hour (138 km/h).[50][51]

Personal life

Stroman was born in Medford, New York,[3] to Earl Stroman and Adlin Auffant,[52] who divorced when he was in 5th grade. His mother is of Puerto Rican descent,[53] and he has stated in the past that he would like to represent Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.[54] His father is a police detective in New York.[55] Stroman has a brother, Jayden, and sister, Sabria.[56] His cousin, Erskine Kelley, played minor league baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs organizations.[57] Stroman has several tattoos, including a large tribute on his left shoulder to his grandmother, Gloria Major, who would regularly attend his high school games and died while he was attending Duke University.[58]

In 1997, a six-year-old Stroman made an appearance on the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out.[59]

On January 9, 2015, Stroman completed the legal process for trademarking "Height Doesn't Measure Heart" and "HDMH".[60] Since mid-2015, he has produced caps with New Era that feature his trademarks.[61]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Drew Hutchison
Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Toronto Blue Jays

2016 – Present
Succeeded by
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