Originally selected by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (20th overall) of the June 2016 First Year Player Draft. ..Played college baseball at Mississippi State University from 2010-12...Was named 2012 SEC Pitcher-of-the-Year posting an 11-2 record with a 2.38 ERA for the Bulldogs. Finished as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award (National Player of the Year)...Ranks third all-time in Mississippi State Baseball history with 279 career strikeouts...Met his wife Martha at a church league basketball game when she was a freshman and he was a junior. He was working the scoreboard for her game...Played high school baseball at Tupelo (Miss.) High School where his father served as basketball coach for 23 years...Resides in Tupelo, Miss., with his wife Martha and three children: Christopher "Mack" (5/8/16), Mary (4/25/18) and Darby (2/28/21).
Began the season on the Opening Day roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates and was traded to the Cardinals on 8/1/22 with LHP José Quintana for RHP Johan Oviedo and Minor League INF Malcom Nunez. ..Tied his career-high (San Francisco, 2018) with 10 wins, leading all National League relievers and tied for the MLB high with Adam Cimber (TOR). ..Became the only active MLB pitchers to record 10 wins in single seasons as both a starting pitcher and relief pitcher and the 55th to do so all-time. ..Finished the season with six straight wins, tied with teammate Ryan Helsley for the second-longest active winning streak in the National League, and established his career long...Had the most appearances (60) among Cardinals pitchers, 40 coming as a member of the Pirates...Struck out the side three times, twice against the Dodgers (at LAD, 9/24 and 5/31 w/PIT)...Did not allow HR in his final 28 appearances (31.1 IP), and none after joining the Cardinals...Ranked fourth in National League among relief pitchers in GIDP/9 IP (1.33) and T-3rd in GIDP (9)...Ranked in the Top 10 in MLB in Spin Rate on his four-seam fastball (7th), slider (9th) & curveball (4th)...Made a spot start vs. MIA (7/12) and threw 2.1 innings, which marked his first start since 4/23/19 vs. NYY as a member of the Angels (a span of 161 games between starts).
Set a career-high in appearances...Went 6-0 with seven saves (eight chances) and a .199 batting average against in 36 games at PNC Park... Ranked sixth among all Major League relief pitchers with 79.1ip; trailing only the Yankees’ Chad Green (83.2), San Diego’s Nabil Crismatt (81.1), San Francisco’s Tyler Rogers (81.0), St. Louis’ Giovanny Gallegos (80.1) and San Diego’s Craig Stammen (80.1)...Led the Pirates in wins and went 7-for-8 in save situations when entering the ninth inning or later... Was a member of an Opening Day roster for the fourth time in his career; also with Pirates in 2020, Angels in 2019 and Giants in 2018... Made eight straight scoreless appearances (10.0ip) from 5/1-22 and posted a 0.75 ERA (12.0ip/1er) in nine games in May... Pitched 3.2 scoreless innings on 6/5 vs. Miami to earn his second Major League save (first since pitching with the Giants on 7/25/17 vs. Pittsburgh); also struck out in his first at bat since 7/13/19... Had his second and final at bat of the season on 6/10 vs. Los Angeles (NL) and struck out...Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and won his second game on 6/19 vs. Cleveland...Produced a 1.38 ERA (39.0ip/6er) in 30 appearances from 5/1 thru 7/28...Retired the final three batters to earn his second save in a 4-2 win vs. Arizona on 8/24... Surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth on 9/4 at Chicago (NL) and suffered his only loss... Picked up a save in three straight appearances from 9/7-14 and converted four consecutive save chances from 9/7-17... Suffered a blown save on 9/19 at Miami after giving up a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth inning...Won his seventh decision on 10/1 vs. Cincinnati and earned his eighth save in final appearance on 10/2 vs. Cincinnati.
Led National League relief pitchers in innings pitched (30.0); tied for fourth among all Major League relievers...Tied for third among N.L. relievers in appearances (27), trailing San Francisco’s Tyler Rogers (29) and Atlanta’s Shane Greene (28)...Made season debut in the second game of the season on 7/25 and tossed 1.1 scoreless frames at St. Louis...Did not allow a hit in his first five outings thru 8/3... Pitched a season-high 3.0 innings and struck out six batters on 8/9 vs. Detroit...Was charged with a season-high four earned runs in 0.2ip on 8/14 at Cincinnati...Did not give up an earned run in his next five games (5.0ip) and just one earned run in his next 11 games (11.0ip) thru 9/8...Picked up his two wins in back-to-back appearances on 8/23 vs. Milwaukee and 8/27 at St. Louis (game 1)...Gave up three unearned runs and allowed three inherited runners to score while suffering a blown save on 9/18 vs. St. Louis (game 2)...Posted a 1.08 ERA (16.2ip/8r/2er) over a 16-game stretch from 8/18 thru 9/19, dropping season ERA from 6.30 to 3.04...Suffered a blown save and his lone loss in final appearance on 9/25 at Cleveland; gave up three runs in the ninth in 4-3 setback.
Attended spring training with San Francisco before being acquired by Los Angeles (AL) on 3/26...Suffered a loss in his first start on 4/1 at Seattle (4.1ip/4er)...Went 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA (23.0ip/18er) in five starts through 4/23...Gave up two runs in 2.1 innings of relief on 4/27 at Kansas City and a season-high eight runs in 4.0ip on 5/4 vs. Houston...Was designated for assignment on 5/7...Was acquired by the Pirates on 5/11... Earned the win while making his Pittsburgh debut on 5/12 at St. Louis (1.0ip/0r)...Struck out seven batters and gave up four runs while pitching 4.0 innings of relief on 5/15 at Arizona...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 5/25 with ride side discomfort...Made two rehab appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis on 6/11 (2.0ip/1r) and 6/14 (4.0ip/3r/1er)...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from the I.L. on 6/18...Pitched 6.0 straight scoreless innings over three games between 7/1-5...Was charged with three runs in 3.1ip on 7/13 at Chicago; gave up a solo homer to pitcher Jon Lester...Suffered his lone loss with the Pirates on 7/21 vs. Philadelphia...Posted a 0.59 ERA (15.1ip/4r/1er) over 10 games from 7/23 through 8/19...Gave up five runs in 2.0ip on 8/22 vs. Washington...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 8/29 with right side inflammation...Was reinstated on 9/17 and made five appearances in September (4.2ip/3er).
Was the only SF starter to reach double-digit wins and the first to do so since 2016 when Johnny Cueto (18), Madison Bumgarner (15) and Jeff Samardzija (12) all reached at least 10 victories...Was on the Giants' Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...Posted a 2-1 record with a 2.32 ERA (8er, 31.0ip) and a .178 opponents' average against in his first five starts of the season...Was placed on the Paternity List April 25 as he flew back home to Mississippi to be with his wife, Martha Kate, who was in labor...the couple welcomed a baby girl, Mary Bennett Stratton on April 25...was reinstated from the Paternity List on April 28...In 13 starts after being reinstated from the Paternity List, he went 6-5 with a 6.17 ERA (45er, 65.2ip)...was optioned to triple-A July 7 and made two starts for Sacramento before being recalled July 26...Was optioned to triple-A a second time following his start August 3 after he allowed six runs on 10 hits in 3.0 innings in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field...Former Giants All-Star Ryan Vogelsong, now a parttime roving instructor in the minors, worked with Stratton when he was sent back to triple-A...Stratton was rotating too much with his delivery, causing his fastball to flatten out and cut back over the heart of the plate...Was recalled a final time on August 21 and in eight games (seven starts) he posted a 2-3 record with a 4.09 ERA (20er, 44.0ip)...Tossed 7.0-shutout innings while allowing just one hit on April 12 at San Diego...Threw a career-high 117 pitches August 27 vs. Arizona... allowed no runs on five hits over 8.0 innings in the Giants' 2-0 victory...Spun his first career shutout en route to picking up his team-high 10th win of the season in his outing September 14 vs. Colorado, a 2-0 Giants victory…his 9.0 innings pitched were a career-best.
Had three stints with the Giants and fi nished the season 4-4 with a 3.68 ERA (24er, 58.2ip) over 13 appearances (10 starts)...Was originally recalled from triple-A Sacramento on April 21, taking the roster spot of LHP Madison Bumgarner who landed on the DL...made two relief appearances and allowed fi ve runs in 3.1 innings of work... was optioned back to triple-A on May 1...His second appearance with SF came on July 1...he was recalled to take the roster place of RHP Dan Slania in the bullpen, but his only appearance was his fi rst career start on July 6...was told he would start just 20 minutes prior to first pitch after RHP Johnny Cueto was scratched with an inner ear infection...Was recalled for the third time on July 25 and made one appearance...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 28 with a strained right calf...was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 5 and was placed into the starting rotation for the remainder of the season...posted a 4-2 record with a 2.42 ERA (12er, 44.2ip) in nine starts...Giants pitchers had just six double-digit strikeout games all season...Stratton recorded two of San Francisco's 10+ strikeout games over just 10 starts...Earned his first career save July 25 vs. PIT...In just his third Major League start Aug. 13 at Washington, he threw 6.2-scoreless innings and registered his fi rst career double-digit strikeout game...it marked just the fourth time in his professional career that he struck out 10-or-more batters in a game...became the fi rst rookie pitcher in MLB in 2017 to reach double-digits in strikeouts in a game without allowing a run.
Appeared in seven games with the Giants, allowing four runs on 11 hits in 10.0 innings (3.60 ERA). Was recalled from triple-A Sacramento on May 28 while the team was in Denver…took the roster spot of RHP Matt Cain. Made his Major League debut on May 30 at Atlanta, tossing a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts. Was rewarded with his first Major League victory on June 11 vs. Los Angeles-NL, despite allowing a go-ahead solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the top of the 10th inning. Was recalled from triple-A Sacramento on June 14 after RHP Matt Cain was placed back on 15- day DL...had been optioned the day before when Cain was activated for his start. Went 12-6 with a 3.87 ERA (54er, 125.2ip) in 21 games (20 starts) for the River Cats.
Split the season between double-A Richmond and triple-A Sacramento, combining for a 5-10 record and a 3.95 ERA in 26 games (all starts)...threw 148.0 innings and registered 111 strikeouts between the two teams....Started 17 games with the River Cats and went 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 98.0 innings....Was a non-roster invitee to Giants spring camp for the first time....Added to San Francisco's 40-man roster on November 20, 2015.
Combined to go 8-9 with a 4.78 ERA (65er, 122.1ip) in 24 outings (23 starts) with San Jose (A) and Richmond (AA). Began the season with Class A Advanced San Jose, going 7-8 with a 5.07 ERA (56er, 99.1ip) in 19 appearances (18 starts). Was promoted to double-A Richmond July 29 and went 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA (9er, 23.0ip) in five starts. His 102 strikeouts with San Jose were the seventh-most in the California League at the time of his call-up.
Ranked ninth in the South Atlantic League in ERA (3.27) and tied for 10th in wins (9). Was a mid-season All-Star in the South Atlantic League. Prior to the 2013 campaign, Baseball America ranked Stratton as the Giants' third best prospect.
Began his professional career with short-season Salem-Keizer and did not pitch after August 20 due to a concussion, sustained when he was struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice.