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Tampa Bay Rays: 2019 Top 15 Pitching Prospects

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 08: A detailed view of officials Major League Baseballs in the dugout prior to the start of the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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#11: Drew Strotman, RHP, 22

Another Rays pitcher who was struck by the Tommy John epidemic in 2018, he features a nice 4 pitch mix that is headlined by a sharp slider.

Height/Weight: 6’3″ / 195

Drafted: | Signed: 4th, 2017 (109th) | $367,500

School: St.  Mary’s College

Pitch Grades (Via FanGraphs):

FB: 55/55

SL: 50/55

CB: 50/55

CH: 45/50

FB velocity: 92-95, T-97

A product of St. Mary’s, Drew Strotman made a great professional debut at Hudson Valley and had followed it up with a solid full season debut prior to tearing his UCL. As a result he will likely not pitch until the Arizona Fall League if the Rays opt to send him there. FanGraphs likes the young right hander and ranked him as the 23rd best prospect in the Rays system. After his solid pro debut in 2017, Baseball America ranked him as the 19th best Rays prospect in 2018.

Off-speed: His slider has the ability to be nice secondary pitch that he could work off of his solid fastball. BA had this to say about Strotman, ” Strotman also has the potential for a solid-average changeup, and is working on generating more depth while finding a comfortable grip.”

Delivery: He utilizes his height well and works down in the zone with some of the best command in the Rays system.

2018 numbers from Bowling Green: 

3-0 // 9G/9GS // 46 IP // 3.52 ERA // 43k/18BB / 1.26 WHIP

Thoughts: I really like Strotman and it is a shame that we won’t be able to see him until later this year. He made a great professional debut in 2017 at Hudson Valley and while Baseball America projects him to be a setup man at the major league level, he sure is making his case as a starter.

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