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West Fargo grad added to roster of World Series champ Royals

Matt Strahm was a standout pitcher for West Fargo High School before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO – Matt Strahm is now just “one step closer” to his ultimate dream.

The former West Fargo High School baseball standout was added to the 40-man roster of the Kansas City Royals on Friday, which was the deadline for Major League Baseball teams to protect players from being selected by other organizations in next month’s Rule V draft.

Strahm said he found out when Ronnie Richardson, who is the Royals’ director of minor league operations, called him to congratulate him.

“I knew the deadline was today for it,” Strahm said. “I wasn’t sure if I would be put on (the 40-man roster) or not. Pretty excited.”

Friday’s move caps a big year for Strahm. He was selected to the Class A South Atlantic All-Star Game this year in his first full season on the diamond since undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2013. He spent most of the 2014 season rehabbing.

The 6-foot-4 left-hander pitched in 29 games at two levels of Class A ball in the Royals organization in 2015, making 11 starts. He posted a 3-7 record, but had a 2.59 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 94 innings. Opponents hit just .180 off of him.

“It’s not something I want to stop at,” said Strahm, a 2010 West Fargo graduate. “It sets me up to do what I’ve wanted to do my entire life.”

Strahm was drafted by the Royals in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB first-year player draft.

Baseball America editor John Manuel said in an email to The Forum that Friday’s move will allow Strahm to attend big league spring training if he remains on the 40-man roster this offseason. Strahm said those details will be worked out in the coming weeks.

If Strahm does go to major league spring training, he’ll be doing so on a Royals team that is coming off of winning its first World Series in 30 years. Kansas City defeated the New York Mets in five games last month to take the championship.

“It was a blast,” Strahm said of watching the Royals win the title. “I sat at home (in West Fargo) and watched all of the games with my family. They did a tremendous job, and the organization did a great job putting the team together.”

Hayden Goethe

Hayden Goethe is the Design Center Manager for Forum Communications and formerly the Assistant Sports Editor at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., and a graduate of Minnesota State Moorhead, Goethe has been working at The Forum since 2002.

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