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Blue Jays: Five Surprise Pitchers in Spring Training

Feb 15, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33), pitcher JP. Howell (56) and teammates arrive for the first day of pitchers and catchers work outs at Cecil P. Englebert Recreation Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33), pitcher JP. Howell (56) and teammates arrive for the first day of pitchers and catchers work outs at Cecil P. Englebert Recreation Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; United States pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) reacts during the fifth inning of the 2017 World Baseball Classic against Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman dominated on the International stage leading Team USA to their first World Baseball Classic title. In a tourney where some of the biggest talents in the sport were on display, Stroman stepped up on the world stage and made everyone take notice.

Prior to leaving for the WBC the “Stro-Show” had made 2 appearances pitching 4.2 innings surrendering only 1 run while fanning 6 batters for a 1.93 earned run average. The fan favorite is attempting to rebound from a disappointing 2016 campaign where Stroman yielded an inflated 4.37 ERA and a 1.289 WHIP in 204 innings of work.

Stroman seems very motivated and poised to assert himself as one of the game’s brightest young talents. If he can live up to his potential in 2017 the Blue Jays rotation could be the best in the entire major leagues. There are not many major league staffs one through five that can boast the likes of Stroman, Sanchez, Happ, Estrada and Liriano.

It will be interesting to see if pitching in a postseason-like atmosphere so early in the spring will have any lasting effects on the young hurler, as the Blue Jays grind through the dog days of summer.

The sky is the limit for Stroman in 2017 who already has an MVP and WBC title under his belt before opening day.

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