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Daniel Steven Straily (born December 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. The Oakland Athletics selected Straily in the 24th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, and he made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with them in 2012. He has also pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, and Baltimore Orioles.

Dan Straily
Dan Straily.jpg
Straily with the Baltimore Orioles in 2019
Philadelphia Phillies
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 30)
Redlands, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 3, 2012, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through June 14, 2019)
Win–loss record44–40
Earned run average4.51
Strikeouts677
Teams

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Early lifeEdit

Straily was born in Redlands, California, to Sarah Jackson (née Beightler) and Steven Straily. He has an older sister, Larissa. The family moved to Pendleton, Oregon, when he was between kindergarten and first grade. Straily started his baseball career playing Little League Baseball and in the Babe Ruth League in Pendleton. He played his first two years of high school baseball for the Pendleton Buckaroos at Pendleton High School.[1]

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 in Springfield,[2] and graduated in 2006. Playing for the baseball team, as a senior he was second-team All-Mid-Western League after going 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 62 innings with 65 strikeouts.[3]

He began his college career at Western Oregon University, where he played college baseball for the Western Oregon Wolves for one year. He then transferred to Marshall University, where he played for the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team as a walk-on, and majored in Business Administration.[4][3]

Professional careerEdit

Oakland AthleticsEdit

The Oakland Athletics selected Straily in the 24th round, with the 723rd overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[5] He began his professional career with the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in 2009. In 16 games pitched (11 starts), Straily had a record of 5–3, a 4.12 earned run average (ERA), and 66 strikeouts (7th in the league) in 59 innings.[6] His 5 wins were tied for 6th-most in the league.[7]

In 2010, Straily was promoted to the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League.[6] There, he posted a 10–7 record, a 4.32 ERA, and 149 strikeouts (2nd in the league, and 2nd in the A's farm system) in 148 innings (tied for 4th in the league) in 28 games pitched (all starts; tied for 2nd in the league).[6][3] His 13 home runs allowed were tied for 4th in the league, and his 10 wins were tied for 5th in the league, and his 61 walks were 7th.[8]

For 2011, he was promoted to the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League.[6] There, Straily went 11–9 with a 3.87 ERA and 154 strikeouts (5th in the league, and 3rd in the A's farm system) in 160.2 innings (4th) in 28 games (26 starts), and was the April 25 California League Player of the Week.[6][9][3] His 14 HBP tied for 2nd in the league, and his 11 wins tied for 7th.[10]

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 (6th in the league) in 85.1 innings in 14 starts.[6][11] He was the May 21 and June 11 Texas League Player of the Week.[9] He received a promotion to Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).[6] His success continued in Triple-A, where Straily went 6–3 with a 2.03 ERA (3rd in the league), and 82 strikeouts in 66.2 innings, in 11 starts.[6] He was the July 16 PCL Player of the Week.[9] Through August 2, 2012, Straily led all of professional baseball with 175 strikeouts.[12] He was named a Texas League mid-season and post-season All Star, Baseball America Minor League All Star, and MiLB.com Organization All Star.[9] Overall, he led all of minor league baseball in strikeouts, with 190.[3] On August 2, Straily was called up to join the Athletics' starting rotation.[13] He made his Major League debut August 3, and struck out the first batter he faced, Brett Lawrie, looking. In the major leagues in 2012, he was 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA in 39.1 innings in 7 starts.[14] Baseball America named him the A's sixth-best prospect, and as having the best slider and changeup.[3]

 
Straily in April 2014

Pre-2013, Baseball Prospectus named him the # 85 prospect in baseball.[6] 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. In AAA he was 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 31.2 innings over 5 starts.[6] He was the May 26 PCL Player of the Week.[9] 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.[15] 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 in the majors, Straily went 10–8 with 12 quality starts and a 3.96 ERA, striking out 124 in 152.1 innings.[14]

Pitching for the Athletics at the beginning of the 2014 season, he was 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA in 38.1 innings in 7 starts.[14]

Chicago CubsEdit

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.[16] Straily reported to the Iowa Cubs of the PCL, but was called up to Chicago on August 16.[17] 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.[18] In 2014 with the Cubs, he was 0-1 with a 11.85 ERA in 13.2 innings.[14]

Houston AstrosEdit

On January 19, 2015, Straily and Luis Valbuena were traded to the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler.[19] Pitching for AAA Fresno, he was 10-9 record with a 4.77 ERA in 122.2 innings as he struck out 124 batters, leading the Pacific Coast League.[3] Pitching for the Astros in 2015, he was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 16.2 innings.[14]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

 
Straily with the Reds in 2016

On March 28, 2016, the Astros traded Straily to the San Diego Padres for catcher Erik Kratz.[20][21] On April 1, he was designated for assignment by the Padres and claimed off of waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.[22] He began the 2016 season as a long reliever, but soon entered the Reds' starting rotation.[23] Straily pitched to a 14–8 record and a 3.76 ERA over 191.1 innings for the Reds in 2016, and led the NL in home runs allowed (31), was 2nd in sacrifice hits (11), was 4th in HBP (11), was 5th in walks (73), and was 7th with 7.244 hits/9 IP.[24][14] On defense, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.[14]

Miami MarlinsEdit

On January 19, 2017, the Reds traded Straily to the Miami Marlins for Luis Castillo, Austin Brice, and Isaiah White.[25] Straily posted a winning record for the second straight season, finishing 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA and a career-high 170 strikeouts in 181.2 innings, and leading the NL with 33 starts, as he was second in the NL with 31 home runs allowed and 6th with 8 sacrifice hits allowed.[14]

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.[26] On June 21, Straily was suspended for five games with an undisclosed fine for hitting Posey.[27] In 2018 he was 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 122.1 innings over 23 starts.[14] He led Major League Baseball pitchers with a .138 batting average against when facing a lineup for the third time.[3]

Straily and the Marlins agreed on a $5 million salary for the 2019 season. However, the Marlins released Straily on March 25, 2019.[28]

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Straily signed with the Baltimore Orioles on April 5, 2019.[29] Straily was designated for assignment on June 20. He had a 9.42 ERA in 47.2 innings over 14 games (8 starts) with 22 long balls (the most in the league), and 52 earned runs against him before his designation.

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On July 31, 2019, the Phillies acquired Straily from the Orioles for cash considerations, and assigned him to the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[30]

Scouting reportEdit

Straily is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 215 pounds (98 kg). He is a four-pitch power pitcher; he walked 3.5 per 9 innings in the major leagues through July 2019.[6] Straily has a four-seam fastball that sits around 91 miles per hour (146 km/h) and can reach 95 miles per hour (153 km/h). He also has a "swing-and-miss" slider (84 mph), an "early-in-count" curveball (77 mph), and an above-average changeup (85 mph).[31][32]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Amanda Jean Miller on December 15, 2012, in Springfield, Oregon.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mazzolini, AJ (April 5, 2012). "Pitcher Straily Climbs Ladder Towards MLB". East Oregonian. Retrieved May 12, 2016 – via OPB.
  2. ^ Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com (June 10, 2009). "2009 MLB Draft: Former Oregon high school players selected on Day 2". Highschoolsports.oregonlive.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Dan Straily Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com
  4. ^ "Print". MLB.com.
  5. ^ "A's take former Pendleton player". The East Oregonian. Pendleton, Oregon. June 19, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2012. (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Dan Straily Minor Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  7. ^ 2009 Northwest League Pitching Leaders | Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ 2010 Midwest League Pitching Leaders | Baseball-Reference.com
  9. ^ a b c d e Dan Straily Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
  10. ^ 2011 California League Pitching Leaders | Baseball-Reference.com
  11. ^ 2012 Texas League Pitching Leaders | Baseball-Reference.com
  12. ^ "A's to call up RHP Dan Straily, baseball's strikeout leader, to start Friday vs Blue Jays". The Washington Post. Associated Press. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  13. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (August 2, 2012). "Daniel Straily's amazing numbers in minors get him called up to A's". NBC Sports.
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  15. ^ Hickey, John (May 1, 2013). "A's place Coco Crisp, Brett Anderson on disabled list". San Jose Mercury News.
  16. ^ Snyder, Matt (July 4, 2014). "A's acquire Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel from Cubs". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
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  19. ^ Baer, Bill (January 19, 2015). "Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler in a trade with the Astros". NBC Sports.
  20. ^ "Padres acquire RHP Dan Straily from Houston Astros". MLB.com. March 28, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  21. ^ "Padres acquire pitcher Dan Straily in trade with Astros – Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  22. ^ "Reds' Dan Straily: Claimed off waivers by Reds on Friday". cbssports.com. April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  23. ^ "Dan Straily may get a shot in Reds' rotation".
  24. ^ "Michael Lorenzen's emotional HR top Reds memory in 2016".
  25. ^ Sheldon, Mark (January 19, 2017). "Reds deal Straily to Marlins for trio of prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  26. ^ Frisaro, Joe (June 19, 2017). "Marlins, Giants exchange HBPs; Straily ejected". MLB.com. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  27. ^ "Dan Straily suspended 5 games for hitting Buster Posey". MLB. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  28. ^ "Marlins release Dan Straily as team moves forward with young rotation"
  29. ^ Orioles sign right-hander Dan Straily to major league contract, designate Drew Jackson for assignment - Baltimore Sun
  30. ^ Seidman, Corey (July 31, 2019). "Phillies complete their clearance shopping with starter Dan Straily". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  31. ^ "Meet the Prospect: Could Dan Straily Offer Fantasy Appeal In 2012?". Rotoprofessor.com. July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  32. ^ "Player Card: Dan Straily". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved August 2, 2019.

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