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Daniel Straily Scouting Report (With Video)

Written By on 1st August, 2012
Photo by: Alex Carson of Prospect Insider

Daniel Straily has been arguably the biggest breakout prospect in baseball this year. Coming into the year he was not even considered much of a prospect and he’s risen to #69 on the Bullpen Banter Mid-Season Top 100 list and similar lists. I was able to catch him pitch in a headline pitching prospect matchup on July 18th feauturing Straily and Danny Hultzen.

Straily was drafted in the 24th round of the 2009 draft and is now in his 4th season with the Athletics. He kicked off the year at Double-A and was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento after posing a 3.38 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 11.4 K/9 in 85.1 innings pitched. Of course, Straily was really starting to catch peoples attention with his impressive walk and strikeout numbers in AA. With Sacramento he did not slow down one bit . In 53 innings at Triple-A, Straily has a 1.36 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 11.4 K/9. The right-hander has dominated batters and his 175 strikeouts are the best in the minor leagues.

I was looking forward to seeing Straily and he dominated in his start against Tacoma, outshining opponent Danny Hultzen. On that night, Straily gave up just 2 hits in 8 innings, walked one batter and struck out 8. He threw 8 shutout innings before giving up a leadoff double to start the 8th. The runner eventually came around to score. The pitch total for Straily on the night was 104, 67 of which were strikes.

Physically, Straily has a good, durable build with broad shoulders and strong legs. He  stands 6’2” 220lb but does not have much projection left.  He has a pretty smooth and simple delivery that he repeats well and effortlessly. He possesed great control and did a great job mixing his pitches against Tacoma.

Straily’s fastball came in at about 91-94 MPH, which was surprising. The ball seemed to really jump out of his hands. He located the pitch well and did a good job establishing it early to set up his other pitches. The key to this pitch for Straily will be his command of it and keeping it low in the zone.

Straily also had 3 secondary pitches, the best of which is an above average change-up. It sat 84-85 MPH and he had a good feel for it. The change-up had good movement with some drop and fade. It was a swing and miss pitch for him and clearly his out-pitch, often going to it in two strike counts. He located it well and worked both halves of the plate to both lefties and righties. He also has a solid slider that is an average to slightly above average pitch. It sat 80-83 MPH and featured late break. At times it was sharper than others but he did a good job keeping it down in the zone. The last of Straily’s pitches is a curve at 71-74 MPH and projects to be an average pitch. Like his other pitches, he located it well and often threw it through the back door on lefties. It had good movement but was inconsistent. At times getting too slurvy. I would have liked to see him throw a more curveballs, however he’ll need to work on the consistency of the pitch.

Overall, I was impressed by Straily and I believe he is ready for the big leagues. He is not going to blow anyone away at the next level but he will do a good job at locating his pitches and keeping batters off balance with a good four pitch mix. He has the ceiling of a solid number 3 starter and a floor of a number 4 or 5 starter barring injury. The former 24th round pick has been a steal for the Athletics and he joins a solid core of young pitching prospects in the organization.

Michael Schwartze
Michael Schwartze
About Michael Schwartze

Michael Schwartze covers the minor league and amateur baseball scene in the northwest for Bullpen Banter. He frequently attends Tacoma Rainiers and Everett Aqua Sox games. He is a Freshman at Seattle University and will be majoring in economics. You can find him writing for his site MLBDirt.com, on twitter @Mike_Schwartze or you can email him at michaelschwartze6@gmail.com

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