Strickland with the Miami Marlins
April 26, 1976 |
|August 14, 1999, for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 24, 2010, for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||3.38|
Strickland was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1997 MLB Draft out of the University of New Mexico. He played in the Expos minor league system from 1997–1999 with the Vermont Expos, Cape Fear Crocs, Jupiter Hammerheads, Harrisburg Senators and Ottawa Lynx.
Strickland made his Major League debut on August 14, 1999 against the Colorado Rockies. He worked 1.2 innings and allowed one earned run in his debut. He was a relief pitcher for the Expos from 1999 through 2002, when the Expos traded him to the New York Mets in a seven player transaction.
With the Mets, Strickland pitched in 68 games in 2002, finishing 6-9 with a 3.59 ERA. However, after appearing in only 19 games in 2003 he had to undergo Tommy John surgery and was sidelined for most of the next two years. He did not return to the Major Leagues until September 3, 2005 with the Houston Astros. He only pitched four innings with the Astros that season.
He went 4-0 with a 3.53 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 2008 with Scranton and became a free agent at the end of the season. On December 19, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes.
With the Isotopes, Strickland became the closer after the release of Tanyon Sturtze. Strickland collected 32 saves in 34 opportunities, finishing with a 2-1 record and a 2.98 ERA with 57 strikeouts. On August 10 of that year, Strickland became the all time Albuquerque baseball saves leader with his 25th, in an 8-6 win over the Tacoma Rainiers.
On December 14, 2009, Strickland signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins with an invitation to spring training.
He got called up to the Marlins on June 13, 2010 for the first time in 5 years and pitched in three games before he was sent back down. He became a free agent after the season.