2013 Fantasy Baseball: SP Dan Straily Still Worth Stashing

By Adam McGill
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After a hot stretch, Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily had a pretty rough outing for fantasy baseball owners the last time he was on the mound.

During his last outing, Straily was beat up for six earned runs in a loss against the Texas Rangers. He allowed a season-high eight hits in just 4.2 innings pitched. Straily was taken deep twice in the game and it was the first time that a hitter took Straily yard since April 5th when  Kendrys Morales hit a two-run shot off the righty.

The starter allowed just six earned runs in his previous six starts, which makes his most recent rough patch a little concerning for fantasy owners. However, the right-hander has shown amazing composure so far this year, so it is unfair to judge him based on one poor outing.

Straily still has a very low WHIP despite his recent struggles. He has a 1.07 WHIP this season and continues to frustrate hitters with his fastball/slider combo. Straily keeps proving that he belongs in the big league rotation and his 4-2 record is ironically better than A.J. Griffin (5-6), Tommy Milone (6-7), and Jarrod Parker (6-6).

Straily was an outstanding strike out artist throughout his MiLB career. He fanned 344 batters through 312.2 innings in the minors between 2010-2011. He made an art of striking out batters, however, it just has not transitioned into the major leagues yet. Straily has only struck out 7.21 batters per nine innings this year and it still remains to be seen if he will ever develop into a true strikeout pitcher.

The 24-year-old has at least earned his stripes this fantasy season and doesn’t appear to be leaving the rotation anytime soon. If you own Straily in a dynasty league, continue to stash him away because he has a very bright future.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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