By John L. Pitts
Chris Stratton is headed to The Show.
The former Tupelo High School and Mississippi State ace, a first-round draft pick in 2012, got the call early Saturday to join up with the San Francisco Giants in Colorado today.
It’s the first time Stratton, long regarded as a top Giants prospect, been called up to the big-league active roster.
The timing for Stratton’s callup is interesting, as the Giants begin a four-game visit to Atlanta on Monday, then play a three-game series at St. Louis starting Friday.
Stratton, 25, has struggled some at Triple-A Sacramento this season. He’s 5-4 with a 6.02 ERA in 52 1/3 innings, but is 5-2 in his last seven starts. On May 22 in Nashville, his last start, Stratton gave up five hits and one earned run.
Stratton, an All-American at MSU, was originally scheduled to pitch tonight at home against Oklahoma City. But San Francisco starter Matt Cain injured a hamstring in Friday’s loss to Colorado and is likely headed to the disabled list.
It’s not known if the Giants plan to give Stratton a shot at starting or if he’s needed for bullpen depth.
If it’s bullpen duty, his warmup partner will be Eli Whiteside, the former New Albany and Delta State standout who joined the team as bullpen catcher before the 2015 regular season began.
In parts of five minor-league seasons, Stratton is 27-27 with a 4.17 ERA with 85 starts.