Duke‘s Marcus Stroman began his professional debut back on July 12th for the Vancouver Canadians, the rookie ball team of the Toronto Blue Jays. Since then, he has made seven relief appearances.
It was a struggle to start, as he allowed five runs on five hits and two walks over his first 1.1 innings (two outings). Since then, Stroman has been the dominant pitcher that he showed at Duke and for Team USA.
He has not allowed a run over his last five appearances. He is averaging two innings an outing. Over those last five appearances, he has given up just three hits and a walk while striking out 13.
Stroman pitched two innings last night and struck out three while not allowing a base runner.
He has completely dominated right-handed hitters, who have just five hits and one walk against him over 7.1 innings. He has struck out ten.
With the Blue Jays constantly looking for bullpen help, I’m not sure how much longer Stroman will be pitching in Vancouver.
UPDATE: Stroman was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.