Marcus Stroman’s Generous Gift

Blue Jays farmhand Marcus Stroman, simply by being drafted in the first round and advancing to Double-A, has already accomplished a great deal for a man of his 22 years. Recently, however, he put himself on the national map with an act of kindness that went viral.

In a video posted on his Instagram page (mstrooo7), Stroman can be seen presenting a check to his mother, Adlin Auffant, to pay off her mortgage. The video, which shows his mother breaking down in tears over her son’s gesture, includes the caption “Paid off my mom's house mortgage! Nothing like giving back to the ones you LOVE!”

Stroman, who received a $1.8 million bonus when Toronto selected him out of Duke in 2012, went 9-5 , 3.30 this year with 129 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings.