Per Joe Ritzo, radio broadcaster of the High-A San Jose Giants, 2012 first-round draft pick Chris Stratton has been promoted to Double-A Richmond.
Chris Stratton promoted to Double-A Richmond today. Stratton had a 5.07 ERA in 18 starts with the #SJGiants. 102 SO/36 BB in 99.1 IP.
— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 29, 2014
MLB.com projects Stratton to be a below-average MLB player (scouting grade 45 overall) and has this on his scouting report:
“Stratton was overpowering at times at Mississippi State, where he worked at 91-93 mph, and hit 95 mph consistently. Last year, his fastball sat at 89-92 mph, though it remains effective because he can spot it on both sides of the plate and impart it with some run and sink.
Stratton uses four pitches, with his quick slider being the best of his secondary offerings. He also has a curveball he can throw for strikes and a changeup with more deception than movement. With Stratton’s stuff and command, he could become a No. 3 starter.”
The Giants picked Stratton one pick after the St. Louis Cardinals nabbed Michael Wacha, who went through the Minors quickly before helping the big club. If only the Giants could have picked before the Cardinals… although maybe Stratton develops into a solid MLB contributor. His ETA per MLB.com is next season. The California League tends to be hitter-friendly so it is possible that the ERA is a little inflated.