Marshall alum traded to Chicago Cubs
HUNTINGTON -- Former Marshall University baseball pitcher Dan Straily is getting a fresh start with the Chicago Cubs.
Staily, who played for Marshall in 2008 and 2009, was part of a blockbuster trade announced Saturday between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs.
Oakland sent three minor league players -- Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney and shortstop Addison Russell -- along with a player yet to be named to the Cubs for right-handers Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel.
Straily was 1-2 with seven starts for the A's with a 4.93 earned run average.
The 25-year-old, right-hander was sent down to Sacramento in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and has gone 4-3 in 10 starts since with a 4.71 ERA.
Cubs executive Theo Epstein said he likely would be up with the Cubs after a short stay at Triple-A Iowa.
A report on MLBPipeline.com said Straily was far from a throw-away.
He began the 2014 season in the A's rotation, but was sent down in early May as he struggled with his command, particularly within the strike zone.
"When he's on, Straily has outstanding command of a four-pitch mix: a fastball that can touch 94 mph, both a slider and curve, and a changeup that can elicit swings and misses," reported Jonathan Mayo.
"He's still missing plenty of bats -- he had a 9.6 K/9 ratio in 10 Triple-A starts -- but he'll have to re-find his command to have consistent success.
"A change of scenery might do him some good, and the Cubs get a young starter they can plug into their rotation immediately and who isn't even arbitration-eligible until 2016."
The report said Straily jumped on the prospect radar in 2012 when he began the year in Double-A and finished it in the big leagues.
Straily led the minors in strikeouts that year, and then made seven effective starts with Oakland down the stretch.
Straily finished 10-8 for the A's in 2013 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts.
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