Andrew Gregory Strotman...Twitter: @DStroty...Instagram: @drew_strotman...selected by Tampa Bay in fourth round of 2017 First-Year Player draft out of St. Mary’s College of California...went 6-1, 4.57 ERA (67.0 IP, 34 ER), 75 strikeouts in 18 games (7 starts) as a junior ...went 6-3, 0.54 ERA (64.1 IP, 5 ER) as a senior at Homestead (CA) High School...won Team MVP honors as a senior...during 2020 shutdown, launched a review blog called “BingeWorthy” (bingeworthy.blog) to publish his reviews of streamable shows and media...he covered the latest offerings on Netflix, Prime Video and other streaming services...as a kid, he attended golf camps at Deep Cliff Golf Course, an executive-length course in Cupertino, CA...when he was older, he then worked the camps to help teach and monitor the campers...started practicing yoga in college with teammates...they couldn’t get through a class without laughing, but it became something he took seriously on his own time...he likes to seek out local yoga clinics wherever he is...favorite all-time TV show is Friends.
Appeared in three games (1 start) for Tampa Bay in spring training, going 0-1, 3.86 ERA (2.1 IP, 1 ER) with no walks and one strikeout...tossed 1.0 scoreless inning vs. Minnesota on March 10...Began the year with Triple-A Durham...Went 7-2, 3.39 ERA (58.1 IP, 22 ER) with 33 walks and 62 strikeouts in 13 games (12 starts) for the Bulls...Acquired by Minnesota on July 22, alongside right-handed pitcher Joe Ryan in exchange for designated hitter Nelson Cruz and right-handed pitcher Calvin Faucher...Made his Saints debut on July 31 vs. Indianapolis (ND, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 1 K)...Overall, went 10-5, 5.29 ERA (112.1 IP, 66 ER) with 63 walks and 104 strikeouts in 25 games (24 starts) combined between Durham and St. Paul...Held left-handed hitters to a .247 (48-for-194) batting average, while righties hit .283 (67-for-237) against him...Ranked as 19th best prospect in Twins system by MLB.com, entering 2022.
Was not part of the Rays 60-man player pool but pitched in the Instructional League in October.
In 2019, made his season debut on July 11, returning from Tommy John surgery...Went 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA (24-IP, 12-ER) in 9 starts with the GCL Rays and Class-A Charlotte...Made 6 starts for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 25 prospect in the Rays system following the season.
Underwent Tommy John surgery on June 11, performed by Dr. Koco Eaton...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 28 prospect in the Rays system following the season.