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Matt Strahm
Birthdate: 11/12/1991 (25 y, 4 m, 11 d)     Bats/Throws: R/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/180     Position: P
Drafted: 2012 June Amateur Draft - Round: 21, Pick: 5, Overall: 643, Team: Kansas City Royals
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Profiles:  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: In a conversation with David Laurila published at FanGraphs back in October of 2016, the left-handed Strahm recounts his path to the majors. Of particular note is one number that he cites: 78. That's the top velocity, in miles per hour, at which Strahm threw as a high-school pitcher. He was a soft-tossing, small (6-foot, 150-pound), cold-weather (North Dakota) player. It's not surprising, in other words, that he wasn't particularly coveted as a prep prospect. A combination of better conditioning and cleaner mechanics, however, has transformed the junior-college product and former 21st-round pick into a legitimate major leaguer. In a 22-inning debut for the Royals last season, Strahm struck out over a third of the batters he faced. That success, and the minor league success that preceded it, has earned Strahm a place in the Royals' Opening Day bullpen at the very least. There's no reason to think he wouldn't manage fine in the club's rotation, as well. For the moment, however, Kansas City seems committed to a different path. (Carson Cistulli)

The Quick Opinion: Strahm likely has the arm speed, repertoire, and command to work as a starter. That he's succeeded as a reliever already, though, is surprising in light of his pedigree.

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SeasonTeamWLSVGGSIPK/9BB/9HR/9BABIPLOB%GB%HR/FBERAFIPxFIPWAR
2012Royals (R)13019030.112.465.040.30.37948.5 %  5.644.17  
2014Royals (R)10110119.212.364.580.46.22576.5 %  2.293.62  
2015Royals (A)21414026.013.154.150.35.23477.2 %  2.082.68  
2015Royals (A+)161151168.010.992.510.93.25575.6 %  2.783.21  
2016Royals (AA)3802218102.19.412.021.23.32075.4 %  3.433.72  
2016Royals22021022.012.274.500.00.28384.0 %46.7 %0.0 %1.232.063.040.8
2017Depth Charts33155055.08.982.921.13.31174.6 %  3.763.90 0.3
2017Steamer32155055.09.323.140.87.29375.0 %44.6 % 3.363.513.840.5
2017Fans (5)5405013131.010.923.300.89.30079.8 %  2.953.22 2.7
2017ZiPS7603617110.38.652.691.39.31774.3 %  4.164.29 0.9
Total- - -22021022.012.274.500.00.28384.0 %46.7 %0.0 %1.232.063.040.8

SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGShOSVHLDBSIPTBFHRERHRBBIBBHBPWPBKSO
2012Royals (R)135.64190000  30.1151342919117045142
2014Royals (R)102.29101001  19.2791065110011027
2015Royals (A)212.08140004  26.01001276112020038
2015Royals (A+)162.781511001  68.0275482521719055083
2016Royals (AA)383.432218000  102.1425102473914230611107
2016Royals221.232100006022.0881343011111030
2017Depth Charts333.76550  115 55.0 522523718 3  55
2017Steamer323.3655000115 55.0231482221519 2  57
2017Fans (5)542.955013  0  131.0 10346431348 5  159
2017ZiPS764.163617  0  110.3 112555117331631106
Total- - -221.232100006022.0881343011111030

SeasonTeamK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%ERA-FIP-FIP
2012Royals (R)12.465.042.470.3027.8 %11.3 %16.6 %.2621.68.37948.5 %  4.17
2014Royals (R)12.364.582.700.4634.2 %12.7 %21.5 %.1471.02.22576.5 %  3.62
2015Royals (A)13.154.153.170.3538.0 %12.0 %26.0 %.1400.92.23477.2 %  2.68
2015Royals (A+)10.992.514.370.9330.2 %6.9 %23.3 %.1910.99.25575.6 %  3.21
2016Royals (AA)9.412.024.651.2325.2 %5.4 %19.8 %.2581.22.32075.4 %  3.72
2016Royals12.274.502.730.0034.1 %12.5 %21.6 %.1711.09.28384.0 %28482.06
2016Average8.103.142.581.1721.1 %8.2 %12.9 %.2521.32.29872.9 %  4.24
2017Depth Charts8.982.923.081.13   .2511.27.31174.6 %  3.90
2017Steamer9.323.142.970.8724.7 %8.3 %16.4 %.2311.23.29375.0 %  3.51
2017Fans (5)10.923.303.310.89   .2181.15.30079.8 %  3.22
2017ZiPS8.652.693.211.39   .2651.31.31774.3 %  4.29
Total- - -12.274.502.730.0034.1 %12.5 %21.6 %.1711.09.28384.0 %28482.06

SeasonTeamGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%SIERAxFIP-xFIP
2016Royals1.6224.4 %46.7 %28.9 %7.7 %0.0 %14.3 %100.0 %34.8 %32.6 %32.6 %21.7 %47.8 %30.4 %3.07713.04
Total- - -1.6224.4 %46.7 %28.9 %7.7 %0.0 %14.3 %100.0 %34.8 %32.6 %32.6 %21.7 %47.8 %30.4 %3.07713.04

SeasonTeamGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2016Royals211311131113175258433
Total- - -211311131113175258433

SeasonTeamWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIinLIgmLIexLIPullsWPA/LIClutchSDMD
2016Royals1.33-1.242.5810.201.031.441.531.801.75200.760.17112
Total- - -1.33-1.242.5810.201.031.441.531.801.75200.760.17112

SeasonTeamFB%SL%CT%CB%CH%SF%KN%XX%
2016Royals78.1% (93.8)2.3% (85.9) 11.2% (76.6)8.4% (84.3)  0.9%
Total- - -78.1% (93.8)2.3% (85.9) 11.2% (76.6)8.4% (84.3)  0.9%

SeasonTeamFA%FT%FC%FS%FO%SI%SL%CU%KC%EP%CH%SC%KN%UN%
2016Royals78.4 %  0.2 %  0.2 %11.1 %  10.1 %   
Total- - -78.4 %  0.2 %  0.2 %11.1 %  10.1 %   

SeasonTeamvFAvFTvFCvFSvFOvSIvSLvCUvKCvEPvCHvSCvKN
2016Royals93.8  83.9  78.676.5  84.6  
Total- - -93.8  83.9  78.676.5  84.6  

SeasonTeamwFBwSLwCTwCBwCHwSFwKNwFB/CwSL/CwCT/CwCB/CwCH/CwSF/CwKN/C
2016Royals6.1-0.3 -0.11.5  1.83-2.90 -0.254.05  
Total- - -6.1-0.3 -0.11.5  1.83-2.90 -0.254.05  

SeasonTeamwFAwFTwFCwFSwFOwSIwSLwCUwKCwEPwCHwSCwKN
2016Royals6.5  0.3  0.0-0.1  0.7  
Total- - -6.5  0.3  0.0-0.1  0.7  

SeasonTeamwFA/CwFT/CwFC/CwFS/CwFO/CwSI/CwSL/CwCU/CwKC/CwEP/CwCH/CwSC/CwKN/C
2016Royals1.96  29.09  -4.60-0.27  1.73  
Total- - -1.96  29.09  -4.60-0.27  1.73  

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%F-Strike%SwStr%
2016Royals27.1 %65.4 %43.4 %64.2 %75.6 %71.5 %42.4 %53.4 %12.2 %
2016Average30.3 %66.7 %46.5 %63.9 %86.3 %78.2 %44.6 %60.3 %10.1 %
Total- - -27.1 %65.4 %43.4 %64.2 %75.6 %71.5 %42.4 %53.4 %12.2 %

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2016Royals25.8 %60.9 %43.3 %63.6 %73.6 %70.7 %49.9 %22.1
2016Average30.6 %63.9 %46.5 %62.1 %86.5 %78.1 %47.8 %22.7
Total- - -25.8 %60.9 %43.3 %63.6 %73.6 %70.7 %49.9 %22.1

SeasonTeamPosGGSInnPOAEFETEDPDPSDPTDPFScpSBCSPBWPFPTZ
2016RoyalsP21022.0100000000 0   1.000 
Total- - -P21022.0100000000 0   1.000 

SeasonTeamPosInnrSBrGDPrARMrGFPrPMDRSBIZPlaysRZROOZCPPRPPTZLFSRARMDPRRngRErrRUZRUZR/150
2016RoyalsP22.00  000              
Total- - -P22.00  000              

SeasonTeamPosInnImpossible (0%)Remote (1-10%)Unlikely (10-40%)Even (40-60%)Likely (60-90%)Routine (90-100%)
2016RoyalsP22.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (1)
Total- - -P22.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (1)

SeasonTeamRA9-WARBIP-WinsLOB-WinsFDP-WinsRARWARDollarsSalary
2016Royals1.10.10.30.37.80.8$6.5 
Total- - -1.10.10.30.37.80.8$6.5 

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  • 2012 June Amateur Draft - Round: 21, Pick: 5, Overall: 643
    • Team: Kansas City Royals
    • School: Neosho County CC