Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman could make his MLB debut soon

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are aligning pitching prospect Marcus Stroman’s next start to that of Dustin McGowan. It could be a sign that Stroman, who turns 23 years old on Thursday, could make his Major League debut soon. Stroman will pitch against the Louisville Bats in Triple-A on Tuesday, the same day McGowan pitches against the Royals.

Getting his first taste of Triple-A competition, Stroman has a 2.18 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks over 20 2/3 innings. Stroman was rated the #27 overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus entering the season.

McGowan, meanwhile, has not fared well in the Jays’ rotation. In four starts, the right-hander has a 6.88 ERA.

Davidi writes Stroman’s debut could come as early as May 4 in Pittsburgh, but there’s obviously nothing written in stone at the moment. Manager John Gibbons said of the situation, “we’ll see.”

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. While no contract terms have been revealed, a formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.