Stroman raced back from a knee injury suffered in spring training last year to make four starts in September and three more in the playoffs. He went 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his four starts, showing very little rust. While he was rehabbing, Stroman was also working to finish up a degree from Duke University. Quite a busy year for the diminutive 24-year-old right-hander.
Stroman officially became the ace of the Toronto Blue Jays staff when the decision was made not to pursue free-agent starter David Price. Stroman is 15-6 with a 3.31 ERA in his first two big-league seasons and has shown excellent command and maturity. The Blue Jays have enough offensive firepower, and even if Stroman can’t match Price in terms of “acehood,” Toronto should win most times he takes the hill. Compared to Darvish and Wainwright, Stroman is a much safer bet to live up to expectations in 2016.