We took a little break from profiling the Oakland Athletics prospects that are being featured in the top 115 prospects over at Seedlings to Stars due to the FanFest festivities and whatnot, but as the list is still being unveiled over there, it seemed appropriate to pick up where we left off (You can check back at the previous profiles here and here).
Coming in at number 72 was starter Dan Straily. Due to his limited service time last season during the pennant race, he still qualifies as a prospect. He was on very few radars coming into the 2012 season, and wowed everyone with his dominant performances throughout the Athletics minor league system. He posted a 2.78 ERA and struck out 190 hitters in just 152 innings pitched between Double A Midland and Triple A Sacramento. His performance earned him a call up to Oakland, where he showed flashes of that talent, but was largely inconsistent and prone to the long ball with the A's.
Straily posted a 3.89 ERA in Oakland, but his 6.48 FIP tells the story that he had some good fortune save him from some sticky situations. Part of that though can likely be attributed to raw talent and "stuff" that he was able to conjure up when he needed it the most. He throws a wicked breaking ball that once harnessed will be a dominant strikeout pitch even in the major leagues. If he can develop his command to a major league caliber, and stop walking 3.66 hitters every 9 innings, he'll be just fine.
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