A's calling up top pitching prospect
The Oakland Athletics plan to call up right-hander Dan Straily, who has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in professional baseball...
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics plan to call up right-hander Dan Straily, who has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in professional baseball, to start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Straily has 175 strikeouts in 138-1/3 innings while splitting time between Class AA Midland and Class AAA Sacramento this season. That's 21 more strikeouts than major-league leader Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals.
"I think we're all excited to watch him pitch," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Guys like that you find a way to get into the rotation. I've seen the video, I've seen the numbers, and everybody is real excited. Tomorrow will be a very good day because of it — a lot of hype, and rightfully so."
Straily doesn't have an overpowering fastball — he averages between 90-92 mph — but complements it with a slider and changeup that helped the fourth-round pick in 2009 quickly move through the A's farm system.
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