June 1, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs pitcherChris Stratton
(28) throws a pitch during the first inning in game one of the Tallahassee regional atDick Howser
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Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
I thought it would be appropriate to feature Right-Handed Pitcher Chris Stratton as this week’s featured prospect for “Cow Tipping”. Born in the same town in Mississippi as Elvis, Stratton is a Southern Boy with a fastball that can cut through even the thickest summer humidity of the Deep South.
Named the 20th Overall Pick of the 2012 season, he was drafted straight out of Mississippi State and began his new career in the Giants’ organization playing for the Class Short-Season A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. In 2013, he moved to the Class A Augusta GreenJackets and is currently playing in San Jose with the San Jose Giants (Class Advanced A).
Stratton was sidelined in 2012 with a concussion caused when a batting-practice liner hit him in the head. But that didn’t stop him. In his 3 years in the Minors, he has a 3.60 ERA, having pitched 38 games, and out of those, has started 35. Stratton has pitched 190 innings, with 11 wins and 9 losses. At 23, Chris Stratton has been known to throw a mean fastball, clocking up to 94 mph.
San Jose may be a different land for this Southern Boy, but Stratton seems to be fitting right in. As Giants’ fans know, San Francisco is known to attract the Boys of the South, like Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and Tim Hudson. If Chris Stratton continues pitching like he has, we may see him in the City by the Bay in the next few years. Keep an eye out for this kid.