Posted August 03, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 Double-A Midland and Triple-A 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 before Thursday's game vs. the Blue Jays. ''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 was in Oakland to watch Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays but won't be added to the A's 40-man roster until Friday. The 23-year-old has a 2.60 ERA in 22 minor league games but it's the strikeout numbers that have the A's buzzing. Straily recorded 108 strikeouts in 85 1-3 innings for Midland before getting promoted to the Sacramento. He added another 67 strikeouts and allowed only eight earned runs in 53 innings there and had just finished charting pitches for a teammate when he was notified of the pending move up to the majors by River Cats manager Darren Bush. ''I sat there stunned,'' Straily said. ''I honestly don't think I said a word. It's just been kind of a whirlwind the last 20 hours.'' Straily, who once played summer ball in San Jose about 30 minutes south of the Oakland Coliseum, was in the A's clubhouse before the game but won't officially be added to the 40-man roster until Friday. That's when he'll replace left-hander Travis Blackley in Oakland's rotation and make his first major league start. He will become the fifth rookie pitcher to start a game this season for the A's. 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. ''What the organization has done very well this year is to target guys and not be afraid to get them here while they're hot,'' Melvin said. ''The numbers would suggest he's a power pitcher but at times he can pitch to contact, too.'' Straily's first order of business was trying to get enough tickets to Friday's game. His fiance, Amanda Miller, is with him in Oakland and several other members of his family are expected to make the trip. ''It's pretty shocking news to be honest,'' Straily said. ''I feel honored to be brought up, I really do. This is the career goal, to be here.''
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

A's call up strikeout artist Dan Straily

In their push for a playoff berth, the A's have called up starting pitcher Dan Straily, and will start him tomorrow night against the Blue Jays. Straily will be replacing Travis Blackley in the Oakland rotation, sending Blackley to the pen. The 23-year old Straily, not on any top prospect radar coming into the year, has absolutely burst onto the scene in 2012 after being...

A's call up minors' Ks leader

Right-hander Dan Straily, who leads the minor leagues with 175 strikeouts, will be called up by the A's and make his major-league debut Friday night against the Blue Jays. Straily, 23, is 8-6 with a 2.60 ERA and just 97 hits allowed in 138 1/3 innings over 22 starts between Class AA and Class AAA this season. He has a 1.36 ERA since being promoted to Class AAA Sacramento, and...

Josh Reddick pies Coco Crisp in the face while wearing Spiderman costume (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. The Oakland A’s have made a habit of coming away with walk-off wins this season. On Friday night, Jamie Weeks hit a lead-off triple and Coco Crisp followed with a sacrifice fly to give the A’s a 5-4 victory in the 15th inning. It was their second win in 15 innings this week, as they also needed six extra frames to beat the Rays on Monday...

Canseco files bankruptcy in Nevada

Former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco has filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada. The 1986 American League rookie of the year and 1988 league MVP with the A's is seeking asset liquidation in Chapter 7 documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas. Canseco's bankruptcy attorney, Mark Segal declined to comment Wednesday. The bankruptcy petition...

Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1

Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer to back another strong outing by Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday night. Brandon Inge and Seth Smith also drove in runs for the A's, who improved to 14-5 since the All-Star break. Oakland, held to no more than one run in three of its previous four games, moved past the Los Angeles Angels...

Straily Joins A's For Series With Toronto

Rookies have played a prominent role in the Oakland A's success this season and the A's will be calling on yet another prospect to make his major league debut this weekend. Dan Straily, easily the A's best minor league pitcher this season, will make his debut on Friday. Chris Biderman looks at the four-game set and Straily's impending debut.

Oakland Athletics trade Kurt Suzuki to Washington Nationals

It looks like waiver trades are occurring earlier and earlier than before. On the same afternoon that saw Cliff Lee claimed and Joe Blanton traded to the Dodgers, the Nationals acquired a veteran catcher to support Jesus Flores. Suzuki was deemed expendable by the Athletics following the promotion of Derek Norris and trade for George Kotteras. Moving Suzuki allows the...

Nationals acquire Kurt Suzuki from the Athletics

The Washington Nationals have acquired veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Oakland Athletics for catcher David Freitas the team announced. Before the trade deadline, the Nationals were involved in talks with the Rangers regarding Yorvit Torrealba, but they didn't go nowhere. Suzuki, 28, hit .218/.250/.286 with 1 HR and a 49 OPS+ in 278 plate appearances for the A's this...

Athletics 5, Blue Jays 4(15)

The Oakland Athletics won in 15 innings for the second time this week, with Jemile Weeks hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly to beat Toronto 5-4 Friday night. Weeks was a star Monday night, too, when his sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th beat Tampa Bay. The A's became the first team to play a pair of 15-inning games in a five-day span...

A's Swap Suzuki For Prospect

Relatively quiet at the deadline, the Oakland A's made a move on Friday, dealing veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Washington Nationals for prospect David Freitas.

Blue Jays-Athletics Preview

On the heels of a record-setting July, the Oakland Athletics have hit a snag. The Athletics look to avoid a third straight defeat Thursday night when they host the Toronto Blue Jays, who are at risk of matching their longest losing streak of the season. Oakland (56-48) went a franchise-best 19-5 in July but ended the month with an 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay, then opened August by falling...

Who Are You, Chris Carter?

How does Billy Beane do it? He consistently inserts these random players in to a hodge podge lineup and every 3 or 4 years he gets himself a pretty good team. It’s not nearly as romantic as they make it all sound in Moneyball, and most of it is due to the pitchers, but I’m still impressed. The Red Sox can barely put a winning team on the field with a 180 million dollar roster...

Top Ten Fantasy Baseball Prospects for the Stretch Run

A few of these guys are up as of recently. Others aren’t, but should be soon. And then a few more might not surface this year, but the mere possibility of their being called up warrants a mention. Please understand that I’m using the term “prospects” loosely here — some of the names that follow graduated their prospect status long ago. Anyway. My top ten prospect(ish...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.