Marcus Stroman
Toronto Blue Jays


56.3% Thrown  92.4 MPH

Stroman exhibited elite vertical and horizontal bend with his Two-Seamer in 2015, but that magic disappeared across the larger sample of 2015, leading to a drop in groundball rate and infield flyballs from the small sample. Still, his 67.3% groundball rate is elite and look for him to keep the ball in the zone a bit more than his 53.6% rate last season to take another step forward in 2017.


7.9% Thrown  80.8 MPH

Stroman tossed fewer breaking balls in favor of his Cutter last season, using the deuce more selectively as a strikeout pitch and it worked perfectly - a 15.6% whiff rate, 40.4% O-Swing rate and an excellent 43.1% K rate. Look for Stroman to trust the pitch more in two-strike counts moving forward.


11.4% Thrown  84.9 MPH

Stroman beats the average plenty with his Slider, getting bonus vertical and horizontal movement with the pitch as it generated impressive plate discipline numbers: a 15.9% whiff rate and whopping 45.0% O-Swing mark. Look for Stroman to keep trusting the pitch in 2017 and bump up its usage rate after taking a small hit last season.


5.1% Thrown  84.5 MPH

The issue with Stroman's Changeup is its lack of depth that stays up in the zone more than his Two-Seamer, reducing its deception potential. The result was a pitch that had success when executed correctly - a 37.4% O-Swing rate and 51.4% grounders - but was prone to mistake pitches as evidenced by its allowed .910 OPS.


19.5% Thrown  89.4 MPH

Stroman bumped up his Cutter usage dramatically, featuring it as his jack-of-all-trades offering when looking for an option to play off his lively heater. The pitch did it all, missing bats at a 12.4% rate, inducing grounders, limiting liners to just a 22.1% mark, and held bats to a minute .191 BAA in 2016.