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Chris Stratton

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Christopher Lee Stratton

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chris Stratton was a first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft.

Stratton was 10-1 with a 1.95 ERA and struck out 98 in 71 1/3 IP as a high school junior, winning All-State honors. As a senior, he was again All-State, going 7-2 with a save, 1.09 ERA and 113 K in 70 1/3 innings. As a college freshman at Mississippi State University in 2010, he posted a 5-3, 5.29 record. He put up similar numbers at 5-7, 5.21 as a sophomore, fanning 76 in 76 innings. He tied for second in the Southeastern Conference in losses. In summer ball, he was 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA for the Harwich Mariners as they won the Cape Cod League title. His junior year at Mississippi State, he made major strides, going 11-2 with a 2.38 ERA, a .211 opponent average, .99 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings. The San Francisco Giants took Stratton with the 20th pick of the 2012 draft, the third SEC player taken that year after Mike Zunino and Kevin Gausman. He soon signed for a reported $1.85 million bonus and made his pro debut with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on July 15th.

On April 11, 2018, Stratton defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-0, giving up just one hit in 7 innings. That hit turned out to be the sole one for the Padres that day, as Derek Law, who pitched the final two innings in relief, did not allow any. What made this very unusual was that it was pitcher Clayton Richard who got the hit, and in a rare pinch-hitting appearance. He batted for starter Bryan Mitchell in the 3rd, and after getting his hit went back to the bench as Jordan Lyles took over on the mound. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in history that the sole hit for a team had been achieved by a pinch-hitting pitcher.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Alyson Footer: "Stratton zeroing in on spot in rotation", mlb.com, March 12, 2018. [1]

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