Melvin on Straily: 'One of our better starters here'
In 27 starts with the A's in 2013, Dan Straily compiled a 10-8 record with a 3.96 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 152.1 innings. (USATSI)
A’s right-hander Dan Straily finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting revealed Monday, a strong showing for a player who didn’t garner much hype during the regular season.
Straily, who finished 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA, received 15 total points in the voting, including one first-place vote. Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers won the award handily, getting 23 of a possible 30 first-place votes (131 total points). Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias finished second (80 points) and Tampa Bay starting pitcher Chris Archer came in third (35).
Straily, 24, entered the A’s rotation for good in late April after Brett Anderson sprained his ankle. He made 27 starts and helped Oakland to a rotation ERA of 3.72 that was second only to Detroit (3.44) in the A.L.
The right-hander led A.L. rookies with 124 strikeouts (Archer was next at 101) and his 10 victories tied Texas’ Martin Perez for the league lead among rookies. Archer did hold a considerable advantage over Straily in ERA, 3.22 to 3.96.
Straily made seven starts for the A’s in 2012 but still held rookie status for this past season.
Oakland skipper Bob Melvin is one of three finalists for A.L. Manager of the Year, which will be announced Tuesday. Boston’s John Farrell and Cleveland’s Terry Francona are the other candidates, and those two figure to have better odds of winning based on the turnarounds they orchestrated with their respective clubs this season.
Melvin won Manager of the Year in 2012 and the A’s repeated as A.L. West champs in 2013.