Marcus Stroman seemed set for a breakout, star-making year after looking good as a rookie last season, but now the Blue Jays right-hander will miss the entire year with a torn left ACL suffered during fielding drills.
Stroman was the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect in back-to-back seasons, and threw 131 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 111/28 K/BB ratio as a 23-year-old rookie.
His injury could motivate the Blue Jays to shift 22-year-old prospect Aaron Sanchez into the rotation full time after he thrived in a 24-game debut as a rookie last season. Or they may decide to enter the trade market for a veteran starter.
Spring training injuries, man.
UPDATE: Here’s a tweet from Stroman:
Beyond devastated. Not being able to compete with my brothers each and every day is extremely disappointing. Still can’t believe it.
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) March 10, 2015