Position(s): RH Relief Pitcher
Projected 2007 Team: Asheville (A) or Modesto (A+)
Age on April 1st: 21
Born: June 13, 1985 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 160
Bats: R | Throws: R
Drafted: N/A | How Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent (January, 2002)
College: N/A | High School: N/A
Contract Notes: Currently Rule 5 eligible.
Other: -Was an infielder from 2002-2005.
Scouting Report / Bio: The former light-hitting infielder was converted to a pitcher in 2006. He reinvented himself as a prospect in 2006, going 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and racking up 35 strikeouts over 26 1/3 innings pitched between Casper and Asheville. Strop has a seemingly effortless quick-armed delivery that produces a 93-95 mph fastball with a good amount of late movement. He also throws a plus low-80s slider, but he has yet to throw it consistently for strikes. Because of his power arm, Strop drew interest from several teams prior to the 2006 Rule 5 draft and was nearly taken. His mechanics are very raw and he needs to be brought along slowly.
Future Outlook: Intriguing late-innings power reliever
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