Jays’ Stroman: ‘Being overlooked bothers me’

September 3, 2013, 4:06 PM

It didn’t take long for Marcus Stroman to weigh in on the Toronto Blue Jays’ September call-ups.

Stroman, who was not among the five players called up by the Blue Jays, expressed frustration on Twitter Monday.

“That feeling of being overlooked bothers me like nothing else. I’m hungry! If you’re not starving, I can’t relate,” the 22-year-old wrote to his following of 10,000-plus Twitter users.

Ricky Romero, Kyle Drabek, Jeremy Jeffress, Luis Perez, and Mike Nickeas are set to join the Blue Jays. Stroman, on the other hand, is headed for the Arizona Fall League.

The 2012 first-round selection posted a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts at double-A this year, striking out 129 in 111.2 innings while walking 27.

Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava recently told Shi Davidi that Stroman responded well to the challenges he faced during his first full season as a professional player.

“Every challenge we’ve handed him, he’s done really well,” LaCava said. “Remember, this is his first full season, and he’s had a nice year in double-A, which is a pretty good jump. That’s an example of guy who we’ve challenged with his first full season, more so than we would have in the past, and certainly with a high-school kid. We were aggressive with his placement and he’s done very well.”

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