According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, the Toronto Blue Jays may soon promote top-flight pitching prospect Marcus Stroman. The rumor mill should always have one’s guard up, but this can’t come soon enough.
He may be diminutive in stature (5-foot-9, 185 pounds), but the presence of the power-righty resides at a substantial level. Stroman is coming off impressive back-to-back outings on the Buffalo Bisons‘ farm, showcasing the potential to never look back once inserted into the rotation. Not to mention the off-the-charts promise in the strikeout-ability category he possesses.
Through four starts in Triple A:
IP: 20.2 / ERA: 2.18 / WHIP: 1.35 / SO: 26 / SO/9: 11.3 / BB/9: 2.6
With only a blemished WHIP (due to one five-walk performance) to speak of in negative tones, Stroman’s full-throttle repertoire has been on display. The Jays curiously pushed back the youngster’s next start to “coincidentally” match up with the inconsistent Dustin McGowan; add one more lackluster effort to McGowan’s 2014 resume and Blue Jays’ fans could be witnessing Stroman’s first major league start in early May.
With the coin one flips every time, R.A. Dickey takes the hill gaining wear and tear with each landing, the rooting support-system of McGowan’s success inching dangerously close to having its tide turned, and the Brandon Morrow frustration level reaching a fever pitch, it’s safe to assume an injection of new blood is in demand.
This was always a foregone conclusion, but the despairing circumstance attached to the doom-and-gloom scenario is that the season isn’t even a month old. All is not lost, however, as some new-found folklore has presented itself, albeit of the dubious variety. Saturday marked the 11th time in franchise history that a pitcher (Morrow) has given out eight free passes, one shy of tying the club record.
To those who sat through the mechanical breakdown in person, I applaud your mental toughness. To those of you who actually fended off the urge of catching up on your PVR listings halfway through the aforementioned three-inning catastrophe, I admire your will power. However, cursing at your television would not be frowned upon.
Service time can no longer be a deciding factor when it comes to Stroman. Toronto requires anything it can get its hands on that remotely resembles a first-aid kit; a sinking ship is in the making. Confidence and bravado are not qualities this kid lacks, and failing at the big-league level would not interfere with his path. At the very least, a shot has been earned, and lighting in a bottle just might transpire.