After only a partial season at the major league level, Dan Straily has no plans to return to part time Major League Baseball duty. That is, he doesn’t plan to have to split time between double-A and triple-A as well as playing for the Oakland Athletics. He will have some stiff competition in his good friend A.J. Griffin. One of the two figures to win the spot.
Last season both pitchers saw time at the major league level. Neither really blew anyone away but both caught the attention of those watching. Clearly both guys have the potential to be good solid starters at the major league level. The question is which one is best right now? By the numbers, it’s really close. Griffin did better in home runs allowed column while Straily fared better in strikeout ratio.
Since both players are close, we need to get a look at the minor league stats of each to see what they were made of there. Focusing only on their limited triple-A stints in 2012, they are still almost a dead heat. Over that span, Straily had almost double the strikeouts and an ERA one full run less, around 2.00. So far in Spring Training, Straily is gaining attention for having stellar control and attention to detail with his work and his pitches. He seems fully determined to win that job and it looks like he just might do it.