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A’s demote Dan Straily to Triple-A

Jun 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Not so long ago Dan Straily looked to be establishing himself as a long-term member of Oakland’s rotation, but after failing to make it out of the fifth inning in back-to-back start the A’s demoted him back to Triple-A.

Straily is 24 years old with a 1.79 ERA and 102/25 K/BB ratio in 85 innings at Triple-A, so he doesn’t have a whole lot more to prove in the Pacific Coast League at this point. He allowed just nine total homers in 28 starts between Double-A and Triple-A, but Straily is an extreme fly-ball pitcher and has served up 17 homers in 19 starts with the A’s.

All those homers have led to a 4.58 ERA as a big leaguer, but Straily has posted a solid 85/36 K/BB ratio in 106 innings while holding opponents to a .238 batting average. Expect him to be back in the A’s rotation soon enough.

  1. dw3dw - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    This probably has more to do with the schedule than Straily. The A’s have three off days over the next week (Monday, Thursday, Monday) so they probably figure to let Straily take his turn at Sacramento and maybe rebuild his confidence a little. I wouldn’t mind seeing Sonny Gray, though.

  2. daveitsgood - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    the A’s have 3 off days in the next 8 games, so they’re sending down so he can pitch in a game or two and not miss starts. It also gives them some flexibility to add a reliever or bat for the interim. He’ll be back up soon.

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The guys above have it right, but it isn’t totally as straightforward as he’s going down just to get in his work. Straily has problems with poise, stemming from his consistency issue. He’s taken a big step forward this year in that he’s adopted the mantra of work fast, throw strikes, change speeds that the A’s preach. His problem is the second one, throwing strikes, doesn’t just mean throwing it down the middle and pray. He needs to command in the zone, and do that consistently. This is where Parker and Griffin have succeeded and Straily still needs work. To be fair, both Parker and Griffin are making mistakes, more than they did last year, but when they do, their mound poise-their recovery-is better. If a couple of starts at AAA helps Straily with consistency of command in the zone it will be well worth the trip for him and the A’s.

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