May 7, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily (67) throws to the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of their baseball game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Pitcher Dan Straily makes debut for Triple-A Iowa Cubs


According to a release from the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs, right-hander Dan Straily, who was acquired in the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for a trio of players, joined the club yesterday.

The right-hander made his debut Monday against Omaha, tossing five innings and allowing five hits. He gave up five runs in the outing, none of which were earned. He walked one and struck out three in the loss to the Storm Chasers.

The release from the organization offered some details on his career to this point.

Straily began the season with Oakland and was 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA (21ER/38.1IP) in seven starts before getting optioned to triple-A Sacramento on May 9.  He was 4-3 with a 4.71 ERA (33ER/63.0IP) in 10 starts with the River Cats before the trade, including a win against the I-Cubs on June 14 at Raley Field.
Straily spent most of last season with Oakland and was 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA (67ER/152.IP) in 27 starts.  He led all American League rookies in starts, innings pitched, and strikeouts (124).  He is 13-11 with a 4.11 ERA (105ER/230.0IP) in 41 career big league starts.
In 2012, Straily led all of Minor League Baseball with 190 strikeouts in 152.0IP between double-A Midland and Sacramento before making his big league debut.  He was the A’s Co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year and was selected to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star team.
Reports have indicated that Straily could only be with Iowa for a short while as he irons out some flaws before joining the Cubs’ big league staff in the weeks to come. However, whether or not that happens as planned remains to be seen.

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