Sportsnet’s Barry Davis reports that Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman will start for the club against the Royals on Saturday afternoon. It will be his first start in the major leagues.
Stroman, 23, was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on May 3 and contributed out of the bullpen, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) with a 4/1 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings. The Jays optioned him back to Triple-A on May 18 and he made two starts. Against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Louisville Bats, Stroman allowed seven runs in nine innings.
Stroman was rated the #27 overall prospect entering the season by Baseball Prospectus.
The Blue Jays have designated pitcher Bobby Korecky for assignment to clear up a roster spot for Stroman.