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School: USC; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-3; Weight: 225 pounds
Previously Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks, 27th round, 2011
Background: The talent is certainly there, after all the Diamondbacks grabbed the 6-foot-3 right-hander in the later rounds coming out of high school, but the problem, of course, is that Strahan’s really struggled with his control during his first two seasons.
Working strictly out of the bullpen as a true freshman, Strahan fanned 18 and walked 18 in 26.1 innings. He followed that up by issuing 41 free passes in 80.2 innings (4.57 BB/9) the following year, his first in the rotation. This season he’s continued taking small developmental steps, walking 38 in 89.2 innings (3.81 BB/9).
Projection: Big arm with some strikeout potential, but it will all come down to his ability to find the strike zone. Strahan’s also been a bit too hittable this season as well, coughing out 13 doubles and four triples so far.
There’s some big league rotation potential here — his control/command has been trending in the right direction — but it’s sort of a long shot at this point. He could, however, develop into a potentially dominant backend reliever if everything else fails.
Ceiling: 1.5 to 2.0-win player (starter); 1.0- to 1.5-win player (reliever)
Floor: 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low (starter); Moderate to Above-Average (reliever)
Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round
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