Marcus Stroman out for season with torn ACL
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to compete for a division title in the ultra-competitive AL East this season; they will now do so without potential breakout star and top young pitcher Marcus Stroman, who tore the ACL in his left knee during spring training drills. Stroman had a 3.65 ERA in 131 innings as a rookie pitcher in 2014, and was looking to improve on his numbers this season.
A hot-commodity in fantasy leagues, Stroman was pegged as a sleeper and the next great pitching prospect to start 2015. Now the Blue Jays will turn to left-hander Daniel Norris and 22 year-old prospect Aaron Sanchez to fill the void in the rotation.
I’m very high on Norris, who came out of nowhere to be a top prospect within the Blue Jays system. He is a southpaw who can reach the mid-90’s on the radar gun with decent movement, and he performed very well during his September call-up to end the 2014 season. If you had drafted Stroman in your fantasy league, put in a waiver claim for his potential replacement now, before it is too late. If you need more motivation Norris likes to live out of his hippie van,