DUNEDIN, FLA. - Marcus Stroman always seems to be walking on the sunny side of life.
Even on the morning that he was called into manager John Gibbons’ office and received the news that he was being shipped back to minor-league camp, the young right-hander had his head held high and a bounce in his step.
Stroman, the Jays first-round draft pick in 2012, is a hot prospect but was a high longshot to make the big-league team based on his lack of minor-league experience.
Even the battering that Stroman received from the Tigers on Tuesday in Lakeland — seven runs on six hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning — didn’t deflate him.
He knows he is good, is going to be in the big league’s sooner than later and isn’t intimidated a bit. Good times are on the horizon. He comes across as extremely confident, not cocky.
“I forgot about it already,” Stroman said with a smile, referring to the mugging he received in Lakeland. “It is what it is."