It was a rough night for the East Division’s pitching staff in the Fall Stars Game, but two Toronto Blue Jays prospects delivered. One of those two was former Duke baseball player Marcus Stroman.
Stroman entered in the bottom of the 5th inning with the West leading 4-0 after scoring two runs each over the last two innings. It did not start out well for him, as he allowed a leadoff single and then walked KC Royals prospect Jorge Bonifacio on four pitches.
However, Stroman rebounded to strike out the next two hitters before getting the game’s MVP, Brett Nicholas of Texas, to fly out to end the inning. He was the only pitcher to get Nicholas out, as he went 3-for-4 with two home runs.
Stroman threw 19 pitches, 11 for strikes.
The other Blue Jays prospect that delivered was Aaron Sanchez, who started the game for the East. The Blue Jays top prospect allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. Unfortunately, his team’s relief core could not hold down the West, who hit five home runs in the 9-2 victory.
These two play for the Salt River Rafters, who will have three of their games televised on MLB Network this week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 9pm ET. Tune in to watch Stroman pitch (I am sure he will pitch in at least one of these games) and see how the MLB replay practice run turns out.