ATLANTA -- Marcus Stroman talks a big game when it comes to his hitting prowess. He backed it up on Thursday night with the first home run of his career.
Toronto's right-hander hit an opposite-field homer, going back-to-back with Luke Maile, during the fourth inning of a 9-0 win over the Braves. According to Statcast-, Stroman's shot to right was projected to travel 370 feet and left his bat at 99 mph.
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Stroman became the second pitcher in franchise history to hit a home run. The only other pitcher to do it was lefty Mark Hendrickson back on June 21, 2003. It was the sixth barrel hit by a pitcher this season and the first by an American League pitcher. Stroman is the first AL pitcher to barrel a ball since Yu Darvish on Aug. 24 of last season.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to the batter's box. He spent part of his time at Duke University playing second base and hitting at the top of the lineup. Earlier this year, Stroman also became the first pitcher in franchise history to successfully record a pinch-hit when he doubled during a game against the Cardinals.
Stroman appeared in 97 games as a position player at Duke, hitting .252 (76-for-301) with two homers, 19 doubles, four triples and 35 RBIs. There's clearly some ability in his bat, but it's not very often he gets to showcase it. This was the exception.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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