Jul 3, 2012
Duke right-hand pitcher Marcus Stroman announced via twitter Tuesday that he has signed his contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 22nd overall pick in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft is slotted the value of $1.8 million in bonus compensation. Terms of the contract were not made public.
Stroman, a 5-foot-9 right-hander, struck out 290 batters in 220 innings of work at Duke in three seasons, making 27 starts. He also recorded seven saves which ranks sixth in school history. His career ERA of 3.27 is the second best in Duke history since the introduction of metal bats.
In 2012, Stroman led all NCAA pitchers in strikeouts with 136 and was second in strikeouts per nine innings with 12.49. He struck out at least seven hitters in 13 of 14 starts and has been named a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalist.
Following his sophomore season, he became the first Duke player to play for the Team USA Collegiate National Team where he served as the closer, going 4-for-4 in save opportunities.
In 2010, Stroman was named ACC Freshman of the Year and named to the second-team Baseball America All-Freshman Team.
A Medford, N.Y. native, Stroman was originally selected in the 18th round of the 2009 draft by the Washington Nationals before deciding to attend Duke instead. He was a Louisville Slugger and Gatorade player of the year while in high school.