The Oakland A’s lead the American League in ERA and are only ½ games out of the wild-card race. With their plethora of top starting pitcher they have the luxury of trading off the ones they want to possibly shore up their offense. Once the A’s decide which starter, probably Colon, to move they have another gem waiting in Triple A.
What they have is only another top strikeout pitcher. His name is Dan Straily. The 23 year old was a 24th round pick of Oakland back in 2009 and he has been in both Double and Triple A this season where he is 6-6 with a 2.64 ERA and WHIP under 1.00 to date. Here is what really gets Fantasy players excited. In 126 innings he has only given up 87 hits and has 162 Ks. That is 11.6K/9 and he has actually pitched better in Triple A than in Double A and he pitches in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Before this year Straily was just another 4.00 ERA pitcher with some K potential. This year he has completely turned it around.
Since the A’s are stockpiled with excellent Starters they are in the cat bird’s seat when it comes to negotiating strong returns for their players. One current starter could even get placed back in the bullpen to give Straily a look. Either way I see him pitching in the Bigs by the month’s end. You should definitely give him a look and start him when he is pitching at home. I recently picked him up in my Dynasty League