Known as a strike-thrower, Strickland makes his Pump Jacks debut this summer, coming over from one of the top baseball programs in the country at Louisiana State University, where he redshirted last season.
Strickland is originally from Gun Barrel City, Texas, just a short drive west of Driller Park, and true to that name, he is a strikeout king. The right-hander had a standout career at Eustace High School, earning All-State honors after a senior season in which he compiled a 7-1 record and an impressive 132 strikeouts. A two-way player, Strickland threw back-to-back no-hitters in that same season on the mound, while batting .500 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI at the plate. In total over his high school career, Strickland struck out 402 batters in just 238 innings while winning 25 total games and posting a 1.50 ERA.