The Word on the Herd -- Oct. 3, 2016
The sixth weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The fifth weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The fourth weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
The third weekly update of Marshall players with MLB organizations
Major League Career: Debuted with the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 3, 2012...lasted six innings with five hits, an (earned) run, a walk, and five strikeouts against the Toronto Blue Jays...was in line for the winning decision until the A's pen blew a ninth-inning lead...wound up getting his first win two starts later when he pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball against the Royals (8/16/12)...became the first former Marshall pitcher to win a Major League game since Rick Reed in 2003...finished 2012: 39.1 IP, 36 H, 19 R, 17 ER, 11 HR, 16 BB, 32 SO, 2-1 W-L, 3.89 ERA, 7 starts...spent 2013 bouncing back and forth between the A's starting rotation and Triple-A Sacramento.
Career: Played two seasons under Coach Waggoner before moving on to the next level...earned a spot in the starting rotation for the Midland Rockhounds (Double-A) and played there for a year and a half before being promoted to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats...eventually received another promotion (August 2, 2012) to the Majors.
2009: Made 13 starts and posted a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 4.27...struck out 58 in 71.2 innings pitched...had a streak of three starts where he struck out 23 over 20.0 innings (3/15-3/27)...handed in seven quality starts.
2008: Made 15 starts in 16 appearances on the hill...earned a 5-4 record...named to the C-USA All-Tournament team...tied for second on single-season games started list (15)...recorded a 4.28 ERA...tossed second-best 57 strikeouts in 82.0 innings pitched (second best on squad)...dealt season-high seven strikeouts against Valparaiso (3/11) to earn first win...allowed zero runs in 5.0 inning, four-strikeout start against Delaware State (5/10)...tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn victory over Southern Miss (5/25) in C-USA tournament action...hurled season-high 7.2 innings during tournament play against Southern Miss (5/23)...allowed just one hit and dealt three strikeouts in 6.0-inning start against Memphis (3/30).
Prior To Marshall:Attended Western Oregon University
High School:Named second-team All-Mid-Western League...tallied a 7-3 record with a 2.48 ERA with 65 strikeouts....allowed just 43 hits in 62 innings...hit .343 with 20 RBI, eight doubles, and two homers...earned honorable mention as a pitcher as a junior...played for the Springfield Titans summer team in 2006...played for the San Jose Seals summer team in 2007...also lettered two years in football.
Personal: Born Dec. 1, 1988...son of Sarah Jackson and Steve Straily...has one sibling Larissa...maintained a 3.4 GPA in high school...major is Business Management.