Hunter Strickland | RHP, 25 yo, 6-4, 220 | 2007 Draft – 18 (Boston) | (A+) 20 G, 21 IP, 9 SV, 0.86 ERA, 4.3 H/9, 2.1 BB/9, 9.9 K/9
Another bid-bodied power righty. Drafted out of high school many years ago by the Red Sox but never really caught on. The Giants claimed him from Pittsburgh in the offseason and sent him to San Jose. He was absolutely embarrassing Cal League hitters with upper-90’s heat this year before Tommy John surgery cut his season short. The Giants like his arm, and it looks like they’ll keep him around to see how he bounces back from the injury. He’s on the 40-man roster, and it sounds like the organization had visions of him on the big league club before he went down.
They said it: “There were some in the organization who felt Strickland could have reached the majors this year if he had stayed healthy, so the Giants certainly weren’t going to give up on his arm.” ~ Alex Pavlovic
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