Blue Jays: 5 Positive Takeaways from the 2017 Season

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 10: Marcus Stroman
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 10: Marcus Stroman /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 28: Marcus Stroman
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 28: Marcus Stroman /

Stro-Show Asserts Himself As Rotation Ace

Marcus Stroman rebounded from a disappointing 2016 season to assert himself as the ace of the rotation this season.The hurler put himself on the map on the International stage during the World Baseball Classic Tourney and never looked back after the season kicked off.

The Stro-Show is 11-7 with a tidy 3.18 earned run average while fanning 148 in 178.1 innings of work so far this season. In a year where Aaron Sanchez spent the majority of the campaign on the disabled list battling blister issues and Marco Estrada relapsed to his Milwaukee days, Stroman took the torch and ran with it.

Stroman has made 29 starts this season and has allowed 2 runs or less in 20 of those appearances, those numbers would suggest the 26-year old is ready to take it to the next level and push his name into the Cy Young conversation in 2018.

The ground-ball pitcher is arguably one of the most entertaining hurlers to watch work on the bump as he specializes in throwing off the opposition’s timing with stutter starts, stops and mixing in the odd shimmy shake. This usually all happens much to the chagrin of the batter and the umpires who struggle to decipher when Stroman has started his wind-up.

The sky is the limit in 2018 for Stroman.