It’s not often that a pitcher goes out and dominates a lineup, earns a win for his team, and then gets demoted to Triple A. Unfortunately that was the case for Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily Friday.
A pitching prospect on many fantasy baseball radars this season, Straily struck out 11 and gave up two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings pitched. While it was against a very weak Houston Astros lineup, it still showed that Straily is ready now.
With veteran Bartolo Colon returning from PED suspension, however, Straily will have to wait just a little bit longer. Fortunately for he and fantasy baseball owners alike, the 24-year-old shouldn’t have to wait too long after making an impression.
He’s had plenty of success in the minors for the A’s. After striking out 11.39-per-nine with a 3.38 ERA in Double A last season, he was promoted to the Triple A team and had even more success with a 2.03 ERA while almost mirroring his K-rate. In all, he led the minors in strikeouts with 190 in 2012.
Straily then saw some time with the A’s at the end of last season and immediately jumped on everyone’s radar with four quality starts out of seven. His strikeouts were down a bit, but he showed he has the ability to translate that to the majors with his recent performance Friday.
A’s pitchers always have a great home field advantage, so combined with his strikeouts he projects to be a great fantasy option when given the chance. Oakland has plenty of pitching options, but with the aging Colon and Jarrod Parker struggling in his first start after a rough spring, Straily should be back up soon enough. He is worth stashing in deeper leagues and needs to remain on your watch list in all formats.