Daniel Steven Straily (born December 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2012 and has also pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, and Miami Marlins.
Straily in 2019
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 53|
|Born: December 1, 1988|
|August 3, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 16, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.40|
Straily was born on December 1, 1988, in Redlands, California, to Sarah Jackson (née Beightler) and Steven Straily. He has an older sister, Larissa. The family moved to Pendleton, Oregon, between kindergarten and first grade. Straily started his baseball career playing Little League Baseball and in the Babe Ruth League in Pendleton, Oregon. He played his first two years of high school baseball for the Pendleton Buckaroos at Pendleton High School, then moved on to Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon.
The family moved again prior to the start of Straily's junior year in high school, this time to Springfield, Oregon. Straily attended Thurston High School and graduated in 2006. He began his college career at Western Oregon University, where he played college baseball for the Western Oregon Wolves for one year. He transferred to Marshall University, where he played for the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team as a walk-on.
The Oakland Athletics selected Straily in the 24th round, with the 723rd overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career with the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League. In 16 games pitched (11 starts), Straily had a record of 5–3, a 4.12 earned run average (ERA), and 66 strikeouts.
In 2010, Straily was promoted to the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League, where he posted a 10–7 record, a 4.32 ERA, and 149 strikeouts in 28 games pitched (all starts). For 2011, he was promoted to the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League. There, Straily went 11–9 with a 3.87 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 28 games, out of which 26 were starts.
To begin 2012, Straily was promoted to the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League. He posted a 3–4 record, a 3.38 ERA, and 108 strikeouts in 14 games. He received a promotion to Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). His success continued in Triple-A, where Straily went 5–2 with a 1.36 ERA, 67 strikeouts, and a .149 opposing batting average in 8 games. Through August 2, 2012, Straily led all of professional baseball with 175 strikeouts. On August 2, Straily was called up to join the Athletics' starting rotation. He made his Major League debut August 3, and struck out the first batter he faced, Brett Lawrie, looking.
On April 1, 2013, Straily was named in the Opening Day roster for the Oakland Athletics as a starting pitcher, but made only one start before getting optioned to Sacramento when Bartolo Colón returned from his suspension. After filling in once for Brett Anderson on April 29, Straily permanently took Anderson's spot in the rotation when he was placed on the disabled list. Straily finished the season as the fourth starter, and even started Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tigers, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. In 27 starts on the year, Straily went 10–8 with 12 quality starts and a 3.96 ERA, striking out 124 in 152.1 innings.
On July 4, 2014, Straily was traded to the Chicago Cubs, with top shortstop prospect Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney, for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Straily had been pitching for the A's Class AAA minor league affiliate. Straily reported to the Iowa Cubs of the PCL, but was called up to Chicago on August 16. Straily started for the Cubs that night against the New York Mets, giving up seven runs in five and a third innings and picking up the loss. The next day, he was optioned back to Iowa.
On March 28, 2016, the Astros traded Straily to the San Diego Padres for catcher Erik Kratz. On April 1, he was designated for assignment by the Padres and claimed off of waivers by the Cincinnati Reds. He began the 2016 season as a long reliever, but soon entered the Reds' starting rotation. Straily pitched to a 14–8 record and a 3.76 ERA for the Reds in 2016.
On January 19, 2017, the Reds traded Straily to the Miami Marlins for Luis Castillo, Austin Brice, and Isaiah White. Straily posted a winning record for the second straight season, finishing 10-9 with a career high 170 strikeouts.
On June 19, 2018, Straily was ejected for the first time in his career when he hit Buster Posey with a pitch with warnings in place. On June 21, Straily was suspended for five games with an undisclosed fine for hitting Posey.
Straily and the Marlins agreed on a $5 million salary for the 2019 season. However, the Marlins released Straily on March 25, 2019.
Straily is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 215 pounds (98 kg). He is a four-pitch power pitcher with good control; he walked 2.56 per 9 innings between Class AA and Class AAA in 2012. Straily has a four-seam fastball that sits around 90 to 92 miles per hour (145–148 km/h) and can reach 95 miles per hour (153 km/h). He also has a "swing-and-miss" slider, an "early-in-count" curveball, and an above average changeup.
He married Amanda Jean Miller on December 15, 2012, in Springfield, Oregon.
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