The Kansas City Royals selected left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft.
Here are five things to know:
1. He delivered a gem in first MLB start
After pitching the first 42 games of his major-league career out of the bullpen, Matt Strahm made his first start on June 15, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif., going five innings with just three hits and an unearned run in the Royals’ 7-2 win.
2. After debut, a fast learner in relief
Strahm made his major-league debut out of the Royals’ bullpen on July 31, 2016, at Texas. The left-hander threw just 16 pitches, allowing one hit, one walk and one run in a third of an inning. He didn’t allow another run until Sept. 13.
3. Fun facts from his college bio ...
Heading into his sophomore season at Neosho County Community College, Strahm listed his favorite team as the Twins, his first job as making pizza at Papa Murphy’s and his favorite place to visit as Cooperstown, N.Y.
4. As a prospect not much was known
The West Fargo, N.D., native was selected by the Royals in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB draft. He wasn’t even the first player from his Neosho County CC team to get drafted (Adam Giacalone, Rd. 16, MIL; David Bote, Rd. 18, CHC).
5. He flashed potential as a starter in ’16
Strahm started 18 of the 22 games he pitched in 2016 for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, going 3-8 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.221 WHIP and 107 strikeouts in 102 1/3 innings. He had a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings with the Royals in 2016.