Wow, totally shocked Jays took Stroman. Its a good pick but just didn't think they would take a 5'9 kid.
I would imagine that the jays see him as a player that can do both close and start. The jays have plenty of top end starting talent, that if this guy ends up just being an elite closer then its still an amazing pick.
obviously overall there's a signing budget that teams have to stay within or they pay penalties and whatnot, but I can't remember: are the slotted $ figures for each pick in the draft supposed to factor into what a given player can sign for? Because maybe that was a thought with picking how they did. Guys like Stroman and McCullers who were higher-thought of picks might've had more leverage to ask for more money if they get drafted higher. So the Jays pick Davis with their first selection and gamble on one of the others being available at this last pick and be able to potentially get him under contract for cheaper than if they had taken him with the higher pick.
Or am I out to lunch on this?
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Stroman would go in the top five picks this year if he were only about five or six inches taller, but at 5-9 or so he's being pegged as a reliever by most scouts -- yet a reliever who could pitch in the majors this year if a team were so inclined. That said, he has a starter's repertoire in an above-average fastball, an out pitch among his secondary offerings, and a weapon to use against lefties, along with an extremely aggressive approach and tremendous self-confidence on the mound.
As a starter, Stroman works from 92-95, but has shown 95-97 in relief before, and he generates that velocity from his lower half, including strong hip rotation to create torque and help accelerate his arm. He starts with a high leg kick and drops down as he drives forward to the plate, pronating his elbow early and finishing well out over his front side. His two breaking balls run together in the 81-85 range -- one's a hard slurve, the other like a slider-cutter -- and he locates them well in and out of the zone, including throwing the bigger one at left-handed hitters' back feet. His changeup improved dramatically this season, giving him a better weapon to get lefties out.
Stroman's main issue is a lack of plane or downward life on his fastball, so he gives up more contact than you'd like on the pitch, but that could be alleviated if he tried to throw a two-seamer, or if he goes to the pen and adds a grade of velocity. He's a certain big leaguer and about as low-risk a player as there is in this draft, likely to go in the top 15 picks.