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Daniel Straily’s amazing numbers in minors get him called up to A’s

Aug 2, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Straily will make his debut Friday against the Blue Jays in place of Travis Blackley, who’ll move to the bullpen.

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It’s not quite the Rangers calling up stud third base prospect Mike Olt, but according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the A’s are promoting a top prospect of their own in right-hander Daniel Straily.

Straily was a 24th-round pick in 2009 and wasn’t considered an elite prospect coming into the season, but his minor-league numbers were very strong from 2009-2011 and this year they’re spectacular.

He’s started 22 games between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a 2.60 ERA and 175/37 K/BB ratio in 138 innings while holding opponents to a .197 batting average. That includes a ridiculous 1.36 ERA, 67 strikeouts, and .149 opponents’ batting average in 53 innings since a promotion to Triple-A.

And he’s hardly a soft-tosser, with a fastball that reaches 92-94 miles per hour, plus a slider and changeup that both draw very positive reviews. Straily has been about as good as a pitcher can possibly be in the minors this season, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can go from prospect-list afterthought to making a big impact in the majors six months later.

  1. stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Don’t you love it when a kid everyone missed on assessments comes out of nowhere? I hope he does well.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Just not this week. Be nervous kid. Be very nervous.

      • joelwrobinson - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        pfffffffffffffffftt. the blue jays arent very intimidating broski

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

        Check the stats joel. The Jays have scored 508 runs compared to 415 for Oakland. They have 148 homers compared to 113 for Oakland.

      • scatterbrian - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        Post All-Star break, the A’s have 30 HR, 96 runs, and the Jays have 21 and 78.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        Small Sample Size!

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    The A’s are looking at two things with respect to their current crop of young pitchers:

    – the innings count is starting to climb on Milone, Griffin and Parker. It’s not just concern about injuries, but also obvious signs of fatigue as their velocity drops, like Parker’s has been dropping. AJ burned a lot of innings in the minors, so his combined count is starting to climb along with the other two.
    – What will McCarthy and Anderson have when they come back? McCarthy’s only made 12 starts and thrown 78 IP this year. Last year was his career high at 25 starts. Anderson is 13 months removed from TJ. He probably won’t be sharp, will have a dead arm period after a few starts, etc..

    Straily was the one prospect AGM David Forst said every team was asking for when he was on TV spinning the A’s doing nothing at the trade deadline. So we’ll see what he’s got, which hopefully is quite a lot of fun for A’s fans.

    • cur68 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Seriously, how much fun are the A’s having right now? Y’all get another crack at the Beaver Men, too. You gotta be happy about that. They pretty much suck right now.

      Sit-Rep on My Boys: Duct Tape & Prayer Starting Rotation™ (brought to you by Tommy John!), a 2nd baseman who’s chasing down Adam Dunn for league lead in SO’s, their M*A*S*H Unit & Triage Ward Bullpen™, a manager who’s afraid of the training staff approaching him with more news (seriously, watch Farrell’s face when George Poullis comes over to him after yet another player goes down: he looks terrified), Little League In-Fielding™, and, let us not forget their Bautista-Lessness™. That last: its not even JUST the bat. Have you seen the disaster area Right Fielding? Oh that’s right, you did. Well pay attention tonight. New lows will be reached for. -gutted-

      All that aside, I am pretty happy for the Athletics. No one predicted this. I love a good underdog story, especially when it involves a potential movie. Even as we speak The G&PB is scribbling out a screenplay. Good luck to your lads this evening (but, seriously, I hope they get swept :) ).

      • APBA Guy - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        The Great and Powerful Beane is too busy pulling levers to actually scribble something on his own. That’s for mortal men.

  3. housebroken dad - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I went to pick him up in my espn league and he’s not even listed in their database yet. How’s that for animosity?

    • hammerrm - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Anonymity?

      • housebroken dad - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        haha yeah, stupid spell correction.

      • Jeremy Fox - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Maybe ESPN has animosity towards him, which explains why he’s not listed?

  4. raidernation831 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    So what are the corresponding roster moves the A’s need to make to have room on the roster?????

    • karaterobot - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Needs more question marks

  5. hcf95688 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    raider: Straily & Rosales up; Miller and Sogard down.

    • toewsingkaner - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Miller and HICKS down. Sogard is in the starting lineup tonight!

  6. raidernation831 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    @hcf95688: Thanks man!

  7. blockedshotnyr - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    What are they doing with the rotation? Going 6, dropping someone from it, skipping turns?

  8. dkphilly1122 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Everyone missed him because he’s a Prospect just like everyone else in the Minors. Any player drafted has the “potential” to be a great player in the Majors. The A’s got lucky with him just like other teams get good Prospects. Good for them, but it happens with “dark horse” type players.

    • stex52 - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      Sure it does. It’s still fun. I always think of the #23 round for Roy Oswalt. It’s like hitting a lottery.

    • maximus929 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      You fail to point out however how often the A’s hit home runs with pitchers. It’s uncanny.

      • kappy32 - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:17 AM

        Uncanny, is it? I go through months without hearing that word, however you manage to make two posts, both using the word “uncanny.” Either you just learned the meaning of the word & want to show that off to everyone, or you are making a bad attempt at trying to show people just how damn intelligent you are by using an obscure, rarely used word. I am going to guess its the latter.

  9. btwicey - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Espn. #fail

  10. maximus929 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Amazing how the A’s always come up with great pitchers. Uncanny. They must have the best scouting staff in baseball.

    • kappy32 - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:31 AM

      Uncanny – “Strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.”

      Bad choice of words, buddy. I wouldn’t call their success with starting pitchers strange or mysterious. Furthermore, their success has been anything but unsettling, unless you’re an Angels, M’s or Rangers fan.

      Here are some other words for you to consider that would fit much better:
      1. Lucky;
      2. Unprecedented;
      3. Amazing;
      4. Otherworldly;
      5. Superb.

      I don’t mean to be harsh on you, but incorrect use of words is a huge peev of mine. When I’m not saving women & children from burning buildings at night, I’m a lawyer. Far too often I see attorneys attempt to use horribly incorrect & nonsensical words in motion papers & affidavits clearly with the sole intent of trying to make themselves appear smarter than they are to the reader. It annoys me beyond belief & winds up resulting in the opposite of its intended affect. Please, speak like a person. Would you use the word “uncanny” out at a bar, talking about the same topic to a bunch of your buddies? I don’t think so, but if you do, I would highly suggest that one of your buddies smack you upside your head then immediately revoke your man card. Everyone has something that drives them crazy & what you did is my tick.

  11. norcaldeportes - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    @kappy32: glass house bro. I’d smack my friend if we were at a bar and they used d-bag words like nonsensical & HORRIBLY incorrect.

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