With the regular season in the books, the Blue Zone takes an end-of-year spin around the big leagues to recap the seasons of Duke's MLB products, some of whom are postseason-bound:
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays: The 23-year-old impressed in his first season at the big-league level, compiling an 11-6 record and a 3.65 ERA. Stroman made 20 starts and racked up 130.2 innings for the Blue Jays after making his big-league debut May 4. He notched his first-career complete game Sept. 8 with a dominant performance against the Chicago Cubs, scattering three hits and picking up eight punchouts in an 8-0 win.
The right-hander used his sinker to devastating success in July, allowing one or fewer runs in four of his five starts and posting a season-low 1.71 ERA for the month. After a rough August, Stroman regained his form in September, winning three of his four starts and picking up his first career save Saturday... Read more