New York Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman’s high school coach praises his style of play following the All-Star’s move to Queens.
On Sunday, the New York Mets made the first of their big moves prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline. They ultimately sent prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to the Toronto Blue Jays. In return, the Mets received All-Star right-hander Marcus Stroman.
The Mets, who already have 2018 Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom on the rotation, just improved their pitching staff even more. And Stroman’s high school coach truly believes it, saying Stroman will fit right in with New York.
“He’s a great pitcher,” coach Anthony Frascogna told Jared Schwartz of the New York Post. “Obviously the Mets have good pitching already, and it just got better. He’s gonna fit it in and compete for whatever team he’s on.
“He’s not gonna shy away, wherever he goes he’ll fit it. He’ll be a leader in the clubhouse — guys like him. He’s just one of those guys. He’s gonna try to win whatever he’s doing. Whether he’s with the Mets or wherever he is, he’s gonna fit in, I’m sure. People want people that win.”
Frascogna coached Stroman at Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island. He touched upon a certain style of play that Stroman possesses. This specific style will surely help the Mets win some games in the future.
“He always had a chip on his shoulder,” Frascogna said. “He definitely used whatever negativity there was out there to his advantage, whether it was actual negativity or imagined negativity, he would use it. He played with a passion. We could be playing a game of two-ball or whatever, and he would play to win.”
Stroman is set to pitch his first game for New York on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.