According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, there were reportedly eight teams who had scouts in attendance to see Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman take the bump last night in Detroit.
The Red Sox, Dodgers, Reds, Padres, Cubs, Braves, Rays and Yankees all had scouts on hand at Comerica Park to take in what could be Marcus Stroman‘s final start as a Blue Jay. According to the report, the Yankees had two scouts on hand including Jim Hendry who is a top advisor to General Manager Brian Cashman.
Stroman didn’t disappoint taming the Tigers offence while twirling a six-hit, five strikeout shutout over seven innings of work. The Blue Jays would win the lopsided contest 12-1 when it was all said and done.
In true Stroman fashion, the 28-year old was unphased by the contingent of scouts and even questioned why they need even need to show up in the first place.
"“I don’t think it matters, man, to be honest with you, everyone was saying that going into the game. I couldn’t care less, to be honest. I feel like you can watch the game from home the same as watching it from behind [home plate], as far as spin rate and all the things they get [from] video. I don’t know why they show up, you know?"
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The Blue Jays pitcher looks to be this seasons trade deadline darling with numerous reports of interested teams filtering down the pipe of late. Yesterday, there was a report that the Philadelphia Phillies have an interest as well as the Minnesota Twins.
The Stroman bounty appears to be a high-end, near MLB ready pitching prospect showcasing any potential package. The Jays current roster and farm system are stocked with talented position players but they are lacking in premier front of the rotation pitching talent with the exception of Nate Pearson and a few others.
The “Stro-Show” speculation and rumours will continue to run rampant in the coming days but where there is smoke, there is usually fire and it appears increasingly likely the pitcher will be moved out of Toronto before the July 31st trade deadline.