Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
New York Mets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After recording a 2.96 ERA and 99:35 K:BB over the first half of the season, Stroman was traded to the Mets at the deadline and slotted into the team's talented rotation. Stroman's surface numbers suffered after the move but he performed well enough in New York, recording a 60:23 K:BB en route to a 20.5 K% on the year that was his highest since his rookie season. For the season, the right-hander carried a 10.1% swinging-strike rate, the highest rate of his career. He struggled to limit home runs after the trade, allowing nine in his final 11 starts in 2019, coinciding with a dip in groundball rate (from 56.3% to 48.3%). Stroman's BB% ticked up in Queens, as did his opponents' BABIP, from .293 to .337. The Mets had a bottom-five defense in MLB last season and they have not upgraded this winter, so Stroman will continue to contend with a high hit rate as a groundball pitcher. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $7.4 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Mets in July of 2019.
Could get big offer from Mets
PNew York Mets
March 26, 2020
The Mets may be willing to offer Stroman a significant long-term contract offer before he hits free agency next offseason, Tim Britton of The Athletic suggests.
ANALYSIS
When the team traded for the right-hander last year, the assumption was he would be a Met through 2020 before testing the free-agent waters, and that the team wouldn't do much to prevent him from walking. With Noah Syndergaard now needing Tommy John surgery, however, the Mets' pitching foundation for 2021 looks a lot shakier, and as a result Britton speculates that the team might pony up a contract offer large enough to get Stroman to forego free agency. The 28-year-old is coming off a solid second half and posted a 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 7:3 K:BB through six innings this spring, but Stroman's fantasy upside in New York would look a lot better if the team could find a way to improve its infield defense.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
95
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
95
How many pitches does Marcus Stroman generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Marcus Stroman generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .272 1026 186 80 254 46 4 19
Since 2017vs Right .259 1031 214 76 245 40 2 29
2019vs Left .291 403 80 27 109 19 1 11
2019vs Right .220 371 79 31 74 13 1 7
2018vs Left .272 234 35 19 58 12 3 4
2018vs Right .295 215 42 17 57 9 0 5
2017vs Left .251 389 71 34 87 15 0 4
2017vs Right .275 445 93 28 114 18 1 17
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.49 1.30 265.2 13 19 0 7.4 2.9 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.85 1.40 222.0 14 12 0 7.3 2.8 0.8
2019Home 3.63 1.36 101.2 4 9 0 8.0 3.3 1.2
2019Away 2.72 1.25 82.2 6 4 0 7.5 2.3 0.4
2018Home 5.29 1.34 47.2 2 4 0 6.4 3.0 0.9
2018Away 5.76 1.59 54.2 2 5 0 7.1 3.3 0.7
2017Home 2.63 1.23 116.1 7 6 0 7.3 2.6 0.7
2017Away 3.72 1.42 84.2 6 3 0 7.3 3.0 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Marcus Stroman compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.74
 
K/9
7.8
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
3.22
 
WHIP
1.31
 
BABIP
.314
 
GB/FB
2.28
 
Left On Base
76.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.8%
 
Spin Rate
2523 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Stroman had his worst professional season in a 2018, a year marred by two trips to the disabled list (shoulder fatigue and a blister on his pitching hand). The extreme groundballer (62.1 GB% in 2018) endured miserable results when on the field, though the peripherals and estimators point to a lot of bad luck. His ERA-minus-FIP came in at 1.63, one of the highest among starters with 100-plus innings, and his 3.91 FIP nearly matched what he did in 2017, when he had a 3.09 ERA. Considering all the contact Stroman allows -- he has never posted a K/9 higher than 7.7 (2014) -- it's only natural that the results would fluctuate more than they do for most pitchers. Determine whether you can buy this volatility with the hope of him repeating 2017 and 2014, not 2016 and 2018. The best part about his 2019: expectations will be subterranean, so fantasy players in position to take on risk could snatch him at a clearance rate.
Stroman built on a strong finish to 2016 to become the Blue Jays' staff ace last season after Aaron Sanchez battled persistent blister problems. Rather than leaning on his cutter as an out pitch as he had earlier in his career, Stroman instead increased the usage of his fastball and slider, with both pitches yielding favorable results. Stroman's diverse arsenal kept hitters off balance and generated plenty of weak contact, with his 62.1 percent GB% pacing all qualified pitchers. His ability to induce groundouts and avoid the home-run ball offers optimism that Stroman will remain an asset in ERA, despite his meager strikeout rate and the 3.90 FIP he posted in 2017 pointing to some regression in that area. Since Stroman is just 26 years old, it wouldn't be unprecedented if he added more strikeouts to his ledger to stave off an ERA decline, but his approach worked so well for him last season, it seems unlikely he would deviate from a successful formula.
Stroman entered 2016 with high expectations, and in hindsight, those expectations were probably unfair for a 25-year-old who made just four starts in 2015 following ACL surgery. It took Stroman time to get his bearings, but he demonstrated growth as the season wore on, managing a 3.68 ERA post All-Star break versus a 4.89 ERA in the first half. He also saw a significant uptick in strikeout rate after the break, from 16.9 percent to 22.7 percent, as he used his cutter more as an out pitch. Of course, it's all about the groundball with Stroman, and indeed his 60.1 percent groundball rate was the highest among qualified starters. Stroman has immense talent and could take a leap forward if he can continue to increase his strikeout rate.
When Stroman tore his ACL in early March, his season was declared over before it ever began and no one seemed to quibble with that. . . except Stroman. He made the best of a bad break. He went back to Duke to finish off his degree, but also got with the medical staff there for an aggressive rehab on the knee. All of a sudden there were reports that he could contribute late in the season, maybe as a reliever. Not only did he start, but he was really good. His swing-and-miss stuff wasn’t quite there, but he ramped the groundball rate up to 64 percent to cover. The strikeouts might be more of a slow climb as he uses the command of his deep arsenal (5 pitches all w/at least 10% usage) to keep the ball down and mow down hitters, but the swing-and-miss upside is definitely there. With all of 158 MLB innings on his arm, the Jays might not be ready for 200-plus-inning season, but even 180 from him has big potential.
The 5-foot-9 right-hander spent most of his age-23 season as the most effective starter in the Blue Jays’ rotation. After graduating from Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto’s bullpen, Stroman compiled a 3.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 103:27 K:BB ratio in 120.1 innings as a starter in his debut season in the big leagues. Were it not for Jose Abreu, Stroman would have had a legitimate case to be the American League Rookie of the Year. He relied heavily on his mid-90s fastball, and only used his deadly 88-mph slider roughly 7.5% of the time. That plus-plus offering generated a 17.6% whiff rate and a 63.2% groundball rate and could be a major weapon if he unleashes it more often in his second season. Considering his fielding independent numbers (2.84 FIP, 3.17 xFIP) and the addition of defensive wiz Russell Martin behind the plate, there was reason to expect an even better 2015 out of Stroman, but he suffered a torn ACL during fielding drills in March and is expected to miss the entire season as a result.
A first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Stroman put together a fantastic 2013 campaign for Double-A New Hampshire after serving a 50-game drug suspension to start the season. His 3.30 ERA was backed by 10.4 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 rates, and he even finished on a high note with an 11-strikeout gem in his final start. The 5-foot-9 Stroman boasts a mid-90s fastball with plus command, and he is one of the top prospects in the Toronto organization, despite murmurs that he may eventually wind up in the bullpen. Having already proven his merit at the Double-A level, Stroman will likely join the starting rotation at Triple-A Buffalo to open 2014. Don't be surprised if he earns his first call-up before the end of the year.
Stroman was selected 22nd overall by the Blue Jays in the 2012 draft and the general thought was that he would move quickly through the Jays’ system. After 19 minor league relief innings, posting a 3.26 ERA over two levels, Stroman was suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug program. After the completion of his suspension, he will start 2013 in the minors, but could find his way into Toronto’s bullpen if he pitches well.
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Sees first spring action
PNew York Mets
February 23, 2020
Stroman gave up one run on three hits in 1.1 innings during a split-squad game against the Cardinals on Saturday, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.
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Signs for $12 million
PNew York Mets
January 10, 2020
Stroman agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Snags 10th victory
PNew York Mets
September 27, 2019
Stroman (10-13) picked up the win after surrendering two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings Friday against the Braves.
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Dealing with nausea
PNew York Mets
September 22, 2019
Stroman only pitched 4.2 innings Sunday and was supposedly dealing with nausea during his outing which could've explained his abbreviated start, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Next start coming Sunday
PNew York Mets
September 20, 2019
Stroman's next start will be moved up to Sunday against Cincinnati, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
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