25-Year-Old Pitcher – San Francisco Giants
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Stratton in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Chris Stratton Contract Information:
Signed his rookie contract in June 2012, getting a $1.85 million signing bonus.
Stratton was added to the Giants' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
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San Francisco Giants Roster
MajorsAdrianza, Ehire (SS)
AAABlach, Ty (P)
AAArroyo, Christian (SS)
A+Agosta, Martin (P)
ABickford, Phil (P)
RookieFabian, Sandro (OF)
Chris Stratton: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Chris Stratton.
Stratton started the 2014 season as a 23-year-old at High-A San Jose, where he was hit around quite a bit. The 6-foot-3 righty posted a 5.07 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 99.1 innings at Low-A, featuring a low-90s fastball that occasionally dips to 89 mph. He concluded the season with 23 innings in a better pitching environment in the Eastern League with Double-A Richmond, where his ERA dipped to a middling 3.52, but his strikeout rate also dropped from 23.9% to 16.8% against more advanced hitting. The lack of strikeouts against Double-A hitters creates more concerns than the ERA stabilization alleviated. Stratton’s ceiling appears to be that of a No. 5 starter, and perhaps a more likely role would be that of a middle reliever or swing man.
After suffering a scary head injury that cut his 2012 season short, Stratton came back strong in 2013, posting a 3.27 ERA in 132 innings for Low-A Augusta. The former first-round pick exhibited excellent strikeout numbers (8.4 K/9) while keeping his control in check (3.2 BB/9). Despite not pitching above the Low-A level, the 23-year-old Stratton will likely be on a fast track to the majors as his arsenal (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup) appears ready for the big leagues.
Stratton, the Giants' first-round pick in 2012 (20th overall), appeared in eight games while throwing 16.1 innings in Low-A until his season was cut short after a line drive to the head in late August. It is likely that he will begin 2013 in High-A, and there is a chance he could make it to San Francisco by 2014. Scouts have said Stratton does not have one dominant pitch, but he features a fastball between 91-95 mph along with a very good slider, improving curveball and fringe changeup.