Dan Straily

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Dan Straily
Dan Straily on August 23, 2013.jpg
Straily with the Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros – No. 47
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 27)
Redlands, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 3, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 13–13
Earned run average 4.60
Strikeouts 217

Daniel Steven Straily (born December 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He throws right-handed and also bats right-handed. Straily made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics and has also pitched for the Chicago Cubs.

Early life[edit]

Straily was born on December 1, 1988, in Redlands, California, to Sarah Jackson (née Beightler) and Steven Straily. He has an older sister, Larissa. The family moved to Pendleton, Oregon, between kindergarten and first grade. Straily started his baseball career playing Little League Baseball and in the Babe Ruth League in Pendleton, Oregon. He played his first two years of high school baseball for the Pendleton Buckaroos at Pendleton High School,[1] then moved on to Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon.[2]

The family moved again prior to the start of Straily's junior year in high school, this time to Springfield, Oregon. Straily attended Thurston High School and graduated in 2006. He began his college career at Western Oregon University, where he played college baseball for the Western Oregon Wolves. He transferred to Marshall University, where he played for the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

The Oakland Athletics selected Straily in the 24th round, with the 723rd overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] He began his professional career at the Vancouver Canadiens Class A-Short Season Northwest League. In 16 games pitched (11 starts), Straily had a record of 5–3, a 4.12 earned run average (ERA), and 66 strikeouts.

In 2010, Straily was promoted to the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League, where he posted a 10–7 record, a 4.32 ERA, and 149 strikeouts in 28 games pitched (all starts). For 2011, he was promoted to the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League. There, Straily went 11–9 with a 3.87 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 28 games, out of which 26 were starts.

Straily in April 2014

To begin 2012, Straily was promoted to the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League. He posted a 3–4 record, a 3.38 ERA, and 108 strikeouts in 14 games. He received a promotion to Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. His success continued in Triple-A, where Straily went 5–2 with a 1.36 ERA, 67 strikeouts, and a .149 opposing batting average in 8 games. Through August 2, 2012, Straily led all of professional baseball with 175 strikeouts.[4] On August 2, Straily was called up to join the Athletics' starting rotation.[5]

On April 1, 2013, Straily was named in the Opening Day roster for the Oakland Athletics as a starting pitcher, but made only one start before getting optioned to Sacramento when Bartolo Colón returned from his suspension. After filling in once for Brett Anderson on April 29, Straily permanently took Anderson's spot in the rotation when he was placed on the disabled list.[6] Straily finished the season as the fourth starter, and even started Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tigers, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. In 27 starts on the year, Straily went 10-8 with 12 quality starts and a 3.96 ERA, striking out 124 in 152.1 innings.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On July 4, 2014, Straily was traded to the Chicago Cubs, with top shortstop prospect Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney, for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Straily had been pitching for the A's Class AAA minor league affiliate.[7] Straily began with the AAA Iowa Cubs, but was called up to Chicago on August 16.[8] Straily started for the Cubs that night against the New York Mets, giving up seven runs in five and a third innings and picking up the loss. The next day, he was optioned back to Iowa.[9]

Houston Astros[edit]

On January 19, 2015, Straily and Luis Valbuena were traded to the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler.[10]

Scouting report[edit]

Straily is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 215 pounds (98 kg). He is a four-pitch power pitcher with good control; he walked 2.56 per 9 innings between Class AA and Class AAA in 2012. Straily has a four-seam fastball that sits around 90 to 92 miles per hour (145–148 km/h) and can reach 95 miles per hour (153 km/h). He also has a "swing-and-miss" slider, an "early-in-count" curveball, and an above average changeup.[11][12]


He married Amanda Jean Miller on December 15, 2012, in Springfield, Oregon.


  1. ^ "Pitcher Straily climbs ladder towards MLB". East Oregonian. April 4, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com (June 10, 2009). "2009 MLB Draft: Former Oregon high school players selected on Day 2". Highschoolsports.oregonlive.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "A's take former Pendleton player". The East Oregonian (Pendleton, Oregon). June 19, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2012.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "A’s to call up RHP Dan Straily, baseball's strikeout leader, to start Friday vs Blue Jays". The Washington Post. Associated Press. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (August 2, 2012). "Daniel Straily’s amazing numbers in minors get him called up to A's". NBC Sports. 
  6. ^ Hickey, John (May 1, 2013). "A's place Coco Crisp, Brett Anderson on disabled list". San Jose Mercury News. 
  7. ^ Snyder, Matt (July 4, 2014). "A's acquire Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel from Cubs". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Twitter / Cubs: The #Cubs today recalled RHP Dan Straily and optioned OF Junior Lake to @IowaCubs.
  9. ^ Twitter / Cubs: #Cubs today recalled OF Matt Szczur from @IowaCubs and optioned RHP Dan Straily to Iowa. Szczur is available for today's game in New York.
  10. ^ Baer, Bill (January 19, 2015). "Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler in a trade with the Astros". NBC Sports. 
  11. ^ "Meet the Prospect: Could Dan Straily Offer Fantasy Appeal In 2012?". Rotoprofessor.com. July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Player Card: Dan Straily". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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