Marcus Stroman

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Marcus Stroman
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 6
Starting pitcher
Born: (1991-05-01) May 1, 1991 (age 24)
Stony Brook, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 2014 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 11–6
Earned run average 3.65
Strikeouts 111
WHIP 1.17

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 6 pitchers shorter than 5' 10" to make a start at the MLB level in the 21st century.[2]

High school & college[edit]

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]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

Billed by analysts as the most major league ready player available in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft,[5] Stroman was drafted by the Jays 22nd overall, and became the first Duke player ever selected in the first round.[6] 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.[7] Stroman was suspended for 50 games on August 28, 2012, for testing positive for methylhexanamine, a banned stimulant.[8]

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.[9][10] On July 2, 2013, Stroman struck out 13 batters over 623 innings in a 3–1 loss to the New Britain Rock Cats.[11] Stroman 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.[12]

Stroman attended the Blue Jays' 2014 major league spring training camp, and was assigned to the minor league camp on March 19.[13] He was the 2014 opening day starting pitcher for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

Major league career[edit]

Stroman was called up to the Blue Jays on May 3, 2014, after Brandon Morrow was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.[14] At the time of his call-up, he was considered the organization's number 2 prospect.[15] He earned his first MLB victory on May 6, pitching 113 innings in relief of Drew Hutchison.[16] 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 6 innings and surrendered only 1 earned run on 5 hits, striking out 6 and issuing no walks to earn the win over the Kansas City Royals.[17] On August 9, Stroman pitched 9 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.[18] 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 3 hits and at one point had retired 19 consecutive batters.[19][20]

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.[21] On September 21, Stroman dropped his appeal, and MLB reduced his suspension to 5 games.[22] 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.[23] Stroman pitched 4 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 2 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.[24]

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.[25] During spring training in 2015, Stroman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and was ruled out for the entire 2015 season.[26] He underwent a successful surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair his ACL.[27] Stroman was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 5.[28]

Pitching style[edit]

Stroman's repertoire includes 6 pitches: his four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball average 94.5 miles per hour (152.1 km/h) and 93.5 miles per hour (150.5 km/h) respectively. His off-speed pitches include a curveball at 83 miles per hour (134 km/h), a changeup at 86 miles per hour (138 km/h), a cutter at 91.5 miles per hour (147.3 km/h), and a slider at 88 miles per hour (142 km/h).[29]


Stroman was born in Stony Brook, New York[3] to Earl Stroman and Adlin Auffant,[30] who divorced when he was in 5th grade. He has a brother, Jayden, and sister, Sabria.[31] His father is a police detective in New York.[32] Marcus 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.[33]

Stroman's cousin is Erskine Kelley, a former minor league player with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs organizations.[34]


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  2. ^ Lindbergh, Ben (August 21, 2014). "The Top Prospect Progress Poll". Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
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  5. ^ Amos, Craig (August 1, 2012). "Marcus Stroman Extends Scoreless Streak to 10 Innings with Vancouver Canadians". Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Pleskoff, Bernie (December 13, 2013). "Stroman mixes a power arm with a deadly arsenal". Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
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  11. ^ Roberts, Quinn (July 3, 2013). "Stroman ties Double-A New Hampshire whiff mark". Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
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  25. ^ McKenna, Ryan (October 6, 2014). "Blue Jays SP Stroman changing to No. 6 in 2015". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  26. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (March 10, 2015). "Blue Jays lose Marcus Stroman for the season with a torn ACL". Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  27. ^ Short, D.J. (March 19, 2015). "Marcus Stroman undergoes knee surgery". Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  28. ^ Creech, Edward (April 5, 2015). "Blue Jays Designate Juan Oramas For Assignment". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  29. ^ Ross, Jaime (August 28, 2014). "Stroman's varied approach spicing things up". Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  30. ^ Rieber, Anthony (June 17, 2014). "Marcus Stroman's first game at Yankee Stadium 'a dream come true'". Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Marcus Stroman Bio". Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  32. ^ Lott, John (February 25, 2013). "Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman has a big personality, on Twitter and off". Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  33. ^ Zwelling, Arden (May 30, 2014). "Blue Jays' RHP Stroman is going to be big". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  34. ^ Wild, Danny (February 13, 2013). "Q&A: Jays' Stroman eager to start". Retrieved September 25, 2014. 

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