May 6, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Marcus Stroman (54) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Blue Jays defeated the Phillies, 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Hosmer is amazed by filthy slider of Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman (Video)


While we all saw Marcus Stroman make his Major League debut a few weeks ago, the results were rather unimpressive.

Thrust into a relief role that Stroman wasn’t exactly familiar with (nor likely comfortable), the rookie arm, despite some impressive pitches was at times pretty hittable.

Unable to find a spot for him in the rotation, the Toronto Blue Jays decided to send him back down to AAA where he continued to work on his game. But now dealing with an injury in the rotation, the Blue Jays had room for Stroman, who they decided to call up for a Saturday afternoon start against the Kansas City Royals.

It was a fine performance from Stroman who struck out six and gave up only one earned run in his six innings of work. Oh, and he seemed to impress Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who couldn’t believe the movement on Stroman’s nasty slider.

I’m sure that’s a sentiment echoed by many minor league players who were ‘privileged’ enough to face Stroman and his rather filthy pitches.

How long Stroman will remain in the Blue Jays rotation is up in the air at this point, though if he continues to pitch like he did this afternoon, I’m guessing Toronto will be forced to keep him up.

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