- Strop is pronounced STROPE.
Strop was a middle infielder, playing mostly at shortstop during his first four seasons of pro ball. But the Rockies organization grew tired of Pedro’s struggles with the bat, and after he hit .212/.277/.299 in those four years as an infielder, they decided a career change was in order. They moved him to the mound in 2006.
In 2007, Baseball America rated Strop as the 28th-best prospect in the Rockies' organization. But before 2008 spring training, they moved Pedro all the way up to #9 in the Colorado farm system.
After moving to the Rangers' organization, Strop was ranked at #23 in the spring of 2010.
- Pedro has a great smile, and he is almost always displaying it.
Pedro named his son Rogers. Asked why, he said, "I just liked the name. His name is Rogers, but everybody calls him 'Roger.' It just looks like it."
And Strop asked former roommate (in the Rockies organization) Esmil Rogers to be his godfather.
"He is a great person, and we are really good friends. I get along with his family; we are close. I chose him as godfather because we are good friends," Strop said.
- In March 2013, Strop pitched as a reliever in the World Baseball Classic for the champion Dominican Republic team.
- November 26, 2014: Pedro was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, but was not injured. He was driving a pickup truck when he crashed against a wall late Wednesday along a road southwest of the capital of Santo Domingo.
"We've talked with Pedro's family, and they've told us he's doing well and resting at home," Juan Mercado, general assistant manager of the Cibao Giants winter league team, told The Associated Press.
The cause of the crash is not clear. Strop was traveling with a friend identified as Yeudy Delgado, who also was not injured, officials said.
Accident update: Strop was driving his convertible and making a right turn at a T-intersection when he was rear-ended by someone driving a Range Rover. The impact pushed Strop's car into a wall and the vehicle was totaled. His only injury was a scratch on his left elbow.
Pedro was traveling with his younger brother, who suffered a small fracture on his right thumb. The driver of the Range Rover survived. The Strops were wearing their seat belts, which may have saved them from more serious injury.
"God bless," Strop said. "In the Dominican, nobody wears seat belts. Maybe because here [in the U.S.] every time I drive, I do it. I'm used to it. In the Dominican, I don't think people [use them]. They're starting to get really strict there."
Strop was taken to a hospital after the accident, which happened at night. "I was trying to get my car out of there because of the media," he said. "[The media] got there the next day and saw the car that hit me. He hit the wall and they couldn't get his car out and it was totally destroyed. [The media] said I was almost dying and I was in the hospital. But I was home."
Fortunately, Strop could laugh about the incident now. "[The media] said I was driving the Range Rover and we were racing and a bunch of stuff," he said. "They never saw me, they never saw my car, never saw anything. They just talked."
So, he decided to be proactive, contacted a Dominican sports television station, and went on the air. "People thought I was dying," Strop said. "They said I was dying in the hospital.'"
The truth is, he wasn't in the hospital long. He had scratches on his left arm, and that wasn't much of an issue for Strop, who throws righ-handed.
"I went over there [to the TV station] and said, 'I'm here,'" he said. "I explained everything the way it really happened."
Two days after the accident, Strop said his body hurt a little from the impact, but it was nothing serious. (Muskat - mlb.com - 3/1/15)
Strop cuts an imposing figure on the mound. Hat cocked decidedly to the left, the big righthander oozes intensity with every pitch, often punctuating outs with a violent scream and a fist pump.
But there's another side most fans don't get to see. Sure, he may look fearsome on the bump, but he's, in fact, one of the nicer people -- not baseball players, but people -- you will ever meet.
"As a person, I don't know if there's a better human in this clubhouse," veteran reliever Justin Wilson said in 2018. "He's truthfully one of the best. I don't think he ever has a bad day, and that's pretty cool. He's just so positive. and he wants to win, just like all of us down there, which keeps it fun."
- 2002: Pedro was signed by the Rockies as an infielder, out of the Dominican Republic. Rolando Fernandez and Felix Feliz were the scouts who signed him to a bonus of $50,000.
- November 2008: The Rangers acquired Strop off waivers from the Rockies organization.
- August 31, 2011: The Orioles sent P Mike Gonzalez to the Rangers, acquiring Strop.
- July 2, 2013: The Cubs traded RHP Scott Feldman and C Steve Clevenger to Orioles for Jake Arrieta and Strop.
- November 17, 2014: Pedro and the Cubs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing on a $1.3 million contract for 2014.
- February 6, 2015: Strop and the Cubs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract—the midpoint between the $3 million he had asked for and the $2 million the Cubs had offered.
- January 15, 2016: The Cubs and Strop avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year contract for $4.4 million.
- Feb 23, 2017: The Cubs signed Strop through 2018 with a club option for 2019. He will make $5.8 million in 2018. His club option for 2019 is for $6.2 million with a $500,000 buyout.