Chris Stratton | RHP, 23 yo, 6-3, 186 | 2012 Draft – 1 (20) | (A) 22 GS, 132 IP, 3.27 ERA, 128 H, 47 BB, 123 K
Stratton could be as high as #3 on the list, or not in the top 10 at all, depending on who you ask. His fastball is arguably second best in the organization among starters right now (hitting 95 at times), and his slider earns rave reviews. He’s got an easy windup, a great college resume, and the potential to be a solid professional starter. But his numbers in Augusta this year didn’t resemble those of a top SEC pitcher. He spent a good portion of the season working on a 2-seam fastball, and that may explain his down performance to an extent. Obviously, down is a relative term, as he did have a few tremendous starts in the SALLY. But his full body of work just doesn’t match up to what you’d normally expect from someone with his pedigree. For now I’ll keep Stratton behind the quartet of younger starters who’ve excelled at higher levels, with the understanding that he could be a big mover in 2014 if his full repertoire is unleashed.
“Stratton could have started his first full season as a pro in San Jose and been just fine…slider is a true out pitch…It might take a few less-than-stellar outings in a higher level for him to establish inside on a more consistent basis.” ~ David Lee, Augusta Chronicle
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