|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 48|
|Born: November 23, 1989|
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
|April 8, 2016, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2022 season)
|Earned run average||3.78|
|Career highlights and awards|
Thomas Ross Stripling (born November 23, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2018.
Stripling played high school baseball at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, and then played college baseball at Texas A&M University. He threw a no-hitter for the Aggies against San Diego State on May 12, 2012. He finished his 2012 senior season with a 10–4 record and a 3.08 ERA in 16 starts.
Stripling was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the ninth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, but he did not sign.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Stripling in the fifth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. He was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts in May 2013 and was selected to the mid-season Southern League All-Star Game. He finished the season 6–4 with a 2.78 ERA in 21 games (16 starts).
Stripling was given a non roster invitation to spring training in 2014, but came down with a sore arm after his first game action. He turned out to have a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the entire season. He rejoined the AA Tulsa Drillers during mid-season in 2015 and finished 3–6 with a 3.88 ERA in 14 starts. The Dodgers added Stripling to their 40-man roster after the season.
Stripling made the Dodgers opening day roster for 2016 as the fifth starter. After several injuries to established pitchers, he beat out other Dodgers prospects to make the roster.
In his major league debut, against the San Francisco Giants on April 8, 2016, Stripling pitched 7+1⁄3 innings without giving up a hit but was removed for a relief pitcher after throwing 100 pitches. He struck out four and walked four, one of whom scored against the relief pitcher. He picked up his first major league win against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 13, 2016. He appeared in 22 games and made 14 starts for the Dodgers with a 5–9 record and 3.96 ERA. He also appeared in relief in five post-season games for the Dodgers, allowing five runs in 2+2⁄3 innings.
Stripling became a key member of the bullpen in 2017 and picked up his first save on May 27, 2017, with three scoreless innings of relief against the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in 49 games for the Dodgers that season, including two starts, and was 3–5 with a 4.15 ERA. He pitched three scoreless innings over five games in the postseason, including appearances in three games of the 2017 World Series.
Coming into the 2018 season and without a clear pathway to becoming a starting pitcher he, again, began to explore the idea of starting for another team but injuries to starting pitchers in April thrust him into a starting role after 15 innings of relief. After a bullpen session with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt he developed a hard curveball to add to his arsenal giving him a new look and making him one of the National League's ERA leaders at the break, earning him an All-Star nod for the first time in his career, replacing Miles Mikolas on the team, who was scheduled to pitch the Sunday prior to the All-Star Game. He wound up pitching in 33 games for the Dodgers in 2018, including 21 starts, and was 8–6 with a 3.02 ERA.
In 2019, he again alternated between starting and relieving, appearing in 32 games, 15 of them starts, and was 4–4 with a 3.47 ERA and 93 strikeouts. Stripling agreed with the Dodgers on a one-year, $2.1 million, contract for 2020, avoiding arbitration. In seven starts for the Dodgers in 2020, Stripling was 3–1 with a 5.61 ERA.
On August 31, 2020, Stripling was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Kendall Williams and another player to be named later (Ryan Noda). With the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays, Stripling appeared in five games, compiling a 0–2 record with 6.32 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 15+2⁄3 innings pitched. His former team, the Dodgers would reach and win the World Series that season, but Stripling was nonetheless given a World Series ring the following August. In 2021, he recorded a 5–7 record with a 4.80 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 101+1⁄3 innings.
On August 17th 2022, Stripling took a perfect game into the 7th inning against the Baltimore Orioles before it was broken up on his first pitch of the inning. This was the second time in 4 days that a perfect game was pitched against the Orioles through 6.0 or more innings pitched (Drew Rasmussen was perfect through 8.0IP against them on August 14th).
Stripling married his longtime girlfriend, Shelby Gassiott, on November 11, 2017. They live in Houston during the offseason.
Stripling earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Texas A&M, and is a FINRA-licensed stockbroker and investment advisor. He passed the Series 7 exam in 2016 and the Series 66 exam in 2017. On January 31, 2019, Stripling appeared on Fox Business Network and contributed commentary regarding the markets before fielding questions regarding his major league debut and baseball analytics. He trades stocks regularly, even during the baseball season.
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