Later today Oakland Athletics pitcher Dan Straily will become Marshall University’s first alumni to crack an opening day roster in a decade.
Straily debuted with Oakland in 2012, making seven starts while accumulating a ERA of 3.89 over 39.1 innings with 32 strikeouts and 16 walks. Pitching on three different levels last season (AA, AAA, MLB), the California native punched out 222 batters, good for 6th most in all of professional baseball.
Straily’s time with the A’s could be short lived. Oakland starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has five games remaining on a 50 game suspension rendered last year after he tested positive for a banned substance. When Colon comes off his suspension, he will likely take Straily’s spot in Oakland’s starting rotation.
The last Marshall alum to make an opening day roster, long time reliever Rick Reed with the Minnesota Twins in 2003.