Matthew Scott Strahm
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.
- School Neosho County Community College
- High School West Fargo High School
- Debut July 31, 2016
Matt Strahm was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round of the 2012 amateur draft out of Neosho County Community College. Rising from those lowly beginnings, he made his major league debut for the Royals on July 31, 2016 and pitched very well in his first taste of the majors, going 1-1 with an excellent ERA of 1.23 in 21 games. Things were a bit tougher in 2017, as he was 2-5, 5.45 in 24 games, including 3 starts, when he was placed on the disabled list on July 2nd with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. He had to undergo surgery and missed the remainder of the season. While recovering for the surgery, he was traded to the San Diego Padres on July 24th, along with P Travis Wood and minor league Esteury Ruiz, in return for three major league pitchers: Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer.
Strahm returned to the mound with the Padres in 2018 and pitched 41 times, including 5 starts. He went 3-4 with a stellar ERA of 2.05, with just 39 hits allowed in 61 1/3 innings. He struck out 69 batters and walked 21. All of his starts were in bullpen games, as the most innings he pitched in any of them was 3 1/3 innings, and he was not involved in the decision in any of them.
- AJ Cassavell: "Strahm bulks up with diet of 18 eggs a day: Pitcher hopes offseason regimen helps with stamina", mlb.com, March 4, 2019.