On Wednesday, Duke junior ace Marcus Stroman was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s All-America team, third team to be exact. He becomes just the ninth Blue Devil ever to earn All-America honors and first since 1999 (Vaughn Schill).
It has been a season of awards for Stroman, who was also named a Louisville Slugger All-American (second team). He was an All-ACC first team selection. He led the nation in strikeouts with 136.
The highest honor came on Monday, June 4th during the MLB Draft, when he became the first Blue Devil ever to be drafted in the first round. Stroman was selected 22nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays. He has said that he will let his advisors take care of the contract negotiations, but he has less than a month to sign. With Duke looking for a new coach, it is very unlikely that Stroman would return for his senior season. I am looking forward to getting the chance to see Stroman pitch either in the minor leagues or in the big leagues with Toronto at some point this season.
Check out a few articles about Stroman relating to the draft and his selection by the Blue Jays:
Blue Jays scouting director says Marcus Stroman is on fast track Long Island Newsday
Why Marcus Stroman Will Go Down as Best Pick of First Round Bleacher Report