2012 first-round draft selection Marcus Stroman was billed by analysts as the most Major League-ready player in this year's crop of incoming baseballers.
His progress with the Blue Jays' Single-A Short-Season Northwest League affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, is beginning to suggest that Stroman has come as advertised.
After struggling in his first two profession appearances, Stroman has seemingly found his rhythm and has started producing some impressive results.
While it is still early enough in Stroman's career that the sample size he has provided does little for long-term projections, he is beginning to make a strong statement that there is nothing "long term" about his plans for climbing the organizational ladder.
Since July 18, Stroman has made five appearances, each of which have come in the form of two innings of relief. During that period the former Duke Blue Devil has not allowed a single run to cross the plate, giving up just two hits and one walk.
Perhaps even more impressive is that Stroman has struck out 13 batters during that time frame.
It is safe to say that, because Stroman is regarded as so Major League-ready, the type of performances he is consistently putting in are not going unnoticed by the Blue Jays brass.
While a trip to the bigs is unlikely for the fall, don't be shocked to see Stroman trade in his current Vancouver jersey for a Dunedin or Lansing one in the next couple of weeks, and a New Hampshire one soon to follow.