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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award (Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012)

Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yaz Award winner from Patchogue-Medford, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft after pitching for Duke for three seasons.

Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Marcus Stroman
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Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Marcus Stroman talks on his cellphone during spring training in Dunedin, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Marcus Stroman
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Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Marcus Stroman poses for a photograph during spring training in Dunedin, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2013)

Marcus Stroman was taken with the 22nd overall
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Marcus Stroman was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the MLB first-year player draft. (May 31, 2012)

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Former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball player Marcus Stroman
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Former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball player Marcus Stroman completed the 2012 season at Duke with a 6-5 record and 2.39 ERA. Only a junior, he struck out 136 batters in 98 innings, walking just 26.

Marcus Stroman is the first player in Duke
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Marcus Stroman is the first player in Duke history to make the U.S. Collegiate National Team's final roster. He served as the team's closer during the summer of 2011. (May 31, 2012)

You can follow former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball
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You can follow former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball player Marcus Stroman on Twitter at @MStrooo7.

Former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball player Marcus Stroman
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Former Patchogue-Medford High School baseball player Marcus Stroman was drafted 22nd by the Toronto Blue Jays. (May 31, 2012)

With Team USA in 2011, Marcus Stroman didn't
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With Team USA in 2011, Marcus Stroman didn't allow a hit in 8.1 scoreless innings (seven appearances). He was 4-for-4 in save opportunities and struck out 17 of the 27 batters he faced, walking one.
(May 31, 2012)

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Marcus Stroman, a two-way player at Duke, hit
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Marcus Stroman, a two-way player at Duke, hit .250 with 30 hits, 19 runs and 15 RBIs in 2011. He made 30 starts at second base, and one each in centerfield, right field and at designated hitter.

Marcus Stroman was 3-4 with a 2.80 ERA
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Marcus Stroman was 3-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 17 appearances (eight starts) in 2011, his sophomore season. He struck out a team-high 90 batters in 64.1 innings, ranking second in the nation with 12.64 strikeouts per nine innings.

Marcus Stroman's batting average against was just .231
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Marcus Stroman's batting average against was just .231 during the 2012 season, and he allowed only 83 hits in his 98 innings.

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award
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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012)

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"Marcus Stroman isn’t a secret and this isn’t rocket science, he’s got a great arm,’’ Atlanta Braves area scout Billy Best said. "He just doesn’t only have a fastball, his breaking stuff is probably the stuff that’s really good. He’s really kind of amazing. One day he throws a curveball. One day he throws a slider. Then he can throw a cutter and change. He’s got a repertoire, he’s not just a thrower. He’s got an assortment of pitchers which makes his different than a lot of the other kids.’’

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Marcus Stroman is 5-2 with Double-A New Hampshire
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Marcus Stroman is 5-2 with Double-A New Hampshire this season.

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award
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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012)

Marcus Stroman is
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Marcus Stroman is "fully equipped. Fastball, changeup, slider, cutter," said Duke pitching coach Scott Snedeker, who worked in the White Sox farm system. "His slider and cutter are two pitches that are his primary put-away pitches. It’s sharp and it’s late and it’s got depth. It’s right there in your face, this guy strikes people out. This guy’s a first-round pick and a sure-fire major league prospect. Marcus’ stuff will have him as a success at the major league level very quickly.’’

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award
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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012)

Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award
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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012)

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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award
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Duke righthander Marcus Stroman, the 2008 Yastrzemski Award winner from Patchogue-Medford High School, throws from an indoor mound in Bellport. He is expected to be selected in the first two rounds in the 2012 MLB Draft. (May 27, 2012)

Marcus Stroman was drafted in the 18th round
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Marcus Stroman was drafted in the 18th round (532nd overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. However, he chose to attend Duke.
(May 27, 2012)

Patchogue-Medford coach Tony Frascogna and former Patchogue-Medford baseball
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Patchogue-Medford coach Tony Frascogna and former Patchogue-Medford baseball player Marcus Stroman work on different pitching grips. Stroman is expected to get drafted high in the MLB draft in June. (May 27, 2012)

Marcus Stroman is congratulated by teammates after pitching
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Marcus Stroman is congratulated by teammates after pitching for the Eastern Division during the second inning of the Cape Cod Leagues All Star baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. (July 28, 2010)

Stroman was awarded a variety of honors after
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Stroman was awarded a variety of honors after his senior season at Patchogue-Medford: Louisville Slugger Player of the Year for New York, Gatorade Player of the Year for New York, Paul Gibson Award (top pitcher on Long Island). As a senior at Patchogue-Medford, Stroman was 9-1 with an 0.25 ERA and 120 strikeouts. He hit .350 with six homers and stole 22 bases.
(April 16, 2009)

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Marcus Stroman earned the Yastrzemski Award after his

Marcus Stroman earned the Yastrzemski Award after his junior season at Patchogue-Medford. The award is given to the top player in Suffolk. Stroman made huge strides offensively as a junior in 2008. He hit .400 with two home runs, 18 RBIs, 28 runs, 30 stolen bases and hit .536 with runners in scoring position. On the mound, he went 8-1 with a 1.85 ERA. In 641/3 innings, he allowed 37 hits, struck out 96 and walked 18.

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