Dan Straily was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 24th round of the 2009 draft. The 6-foot-2 starter has a great selection of pitches to keep batters guessing. From a fastball in the mid 90’s to a slider and an early-count curveball, Straily has the tools to be a successful pitcher in the major league.
In his first season, Straily went 5-3 with a 4.12 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 16 games. In the two seasons from 2010 to 2011, he went a combined 21-26 with a 4.10 ERA and 303 strikeouts in 56 total appearances. Straily’s pitching success continued in 2012, as he was called up to Class AAA. There, he had a 6-3 record with a 2.02 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 11 starts.
Straily made his major league debut in 2012, going 2-1 in seven starts. He made the A’s opening day roster in 2013, filling in for the suspending Bartolo Colon. He only made one start before being sent back down. Straily was back up, taking Brett Anderson‘s spot when he was placed on the DL. He finished the 2013 season as the A’s fourth starter.
In 27 major league starts, Straily had a 10-8 record with a 3.96 ERA and 124 strikeouts. Straily will remain the team’s No. 4 starter in 2014 behind Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir. Straily is projected to finish 9-10 with an above 4.00 ERA, but striking out 141 batters.
Straily has the pitch selection to strike a lot of batters out over the season, however, 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings is nothing to brag about. In 2013, he had more than a strikeout per inning in just seven of his 27 starts. He walked the second-most and hit the most batters among A’s starters.
With Oakland’s young lineup and rotation, Straily needs to step up and have excellent ball control if the A’s want to be a contender in the AL West. If Straily struggles early in the season, expect a switch for Tom Milone.