Marcus Stroman's starter potential

Updated: April 7, 2012, 3:29 PM ET
By Keith Law

Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman would go in the top five picks this year if he were only about five or six inches taller, but at 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-8, he's facing an uphill battle to convince scouts that he can be more than a reliever in the majors. Yet if we ignore his lack of height for the moment, he has essential ingredients for a starter -- an above-average fastball, an out pitch among his secondary offerings, a weapon to use against lefties, and an extremely aggressive approach along with self-confidence that practically drenches the mound when he pitches.