OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics plan to call up right-hander Dan Straily, who has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in professional baseball, to start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Straily has 175 strikeouts in 138 1-3 innings while splitting time between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento this season. The 23-year-old also has a 2.60 ERA in 22 minor league games.
A fourth-round draft pick by Oakland in 2009, Straily has 21 more strikeouts than the major league leader, Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals. Strasburg, the top player selected in the 2009 draft, has 154.
Straily was in Oakland to watch Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jays but won’t be added to the A’s 40-man roster until Friday.