Hello again everyone, hope you're all having a good day. A dump truck drove through a puddle drenching me in ice water as I walked home from an exam at school today so no matter how bad your day is going, it's definitely better than mine. This week we take at look at Marcus Stroman, who in my opinion is the most interesting Jays prospect at this time. Stroman was drafted 22nd overall by the Jays in the last MLB draft (2012). He signed at a slot signing bonus of $1.8 million. Stroman was also drafted by Washington in the 18th round of the 2009 draft before deciding to go to Duke. He pitched quite well for the Blue Devils ending with a 3.27 ERA over his three years in Durham. Stroman is quite small in stature measuring up at 5'9" and 185 pounds.

Prior to the draft, Stroman was ranked consistently in the top 15 range so it was a bit of a steal for the Jays to get him at #22. It should be noted that the Jays had the #22 pick due to not signing Tyler Beede in the 2011 draft. Many scouts, including Keith Law, pegged Stroman as the odds-on favourite to be the first 2012 draftee to reach the majors (more on that in a second). The Jays decided low-A Vancouver would be the first place for Stroman to see competitive action. In seven relief appearances (11.1 IP) Stroman pitched pretty well ending with a 3.18 ERA in addition to an 11.9K/9 and surrendering no homeruns. At the beginning of August the Jays then continued with their plan to put Marcus on the fast track to the majors by calling him up to AA New Hampshire. In eight relief appearances Stroman continued the trend of his mid 3 ERA (3.38 to be exact) along with his high strike out rate (9K/9) and ability to keep the ball in the park (only one homer surrendered).