Long before he was on Brodie Van Wagenen's 2019 trade deadline wish list, Marcus Stroman was making headlines as a high school athlete on Long Island.
Stroman was a multi-sport star at Patchogue-Medford High School, where he graduated in 2009. And according to an ESPN article from May of that year, baseball was not the only sport in which he excelled.
As a freshman, he played on both the football and basketball teams. This is in addition to baseball, of course, where he was already playing on the varsity team by 8th grade.
Hoping to preserve his body for baseball, Stroman gave up football in the midst of his high school career, but continued playing basketball through his senior year.
Though his team lost in the Suffolk County Class AA quarterfinals that season, Stroman hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the game to force overtime.
As far as baseball goes, Stroman was mowing down high-school hitters, as expected. But he also hit .400 with two homers, 18 RBIs, 28 runs scored and a school-record 30 stolen bases as a junior.
As far as his personality, the Medford, N.Y., native appears to still be the same person he's been since his high school days.
"He's always having fun and when he gets a chance, he'll show some flair," his former baseball coach Tony Frascogna said of his then-player.