I know. The NFL draft is only a day away and here I go making a post about baseball, but a pitcher who you will be hearing about in the near future will be on the hill tonight. You can catch him at 9:00 on the Mountain West Sports Network (616 on DirecTV).
His name is Stephen Strasburg of the San Diego State Aztecs and he is flat out nasty. At 6’4” 220 lbs. this powerful right hander will throw a fastball that will frequently hit 100 mph and has been clocked at 103 mph. Oh, and here is the other part, that fastball has movement and he is able to command it (issued two walks or fewer in 21 of his 22 career starts.) Add in a tight slider that is in the mid-80’s and a change up that he is developing and you have a guy who many believe is MLB rotation ready right now. Search around on YouTube and you will find the game from last year when he struck out 23 batters in one game.
His numbers from this year are equally as staggering. http://goaztecs.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/strasburg09.html He is 8-0 with a 1.28 ERA and 121 K’s in 63 1/3 innings which translates into 17.2 K’s per 9 innings.
But…there is one more catch. Strasburg is represented by Scott Boras and when taken in this year’s June draft he is expected to ask for a MLB deal in the ballpark of 6 years – 50 million.
With the Washington Nationals picking #1 it is quite possible that they could pass on Boras’ demands. Next after Washington would be Seattle, San Diego (shedding payroll), Pittsburgh and then your Baltimore Orioles at #5.
Could Strasburg fall to the O’s and would they be willing to pay the money for a player that could trump all of our existing pitching prospects in no time?
We are still a way from finding out, but it’s worth a look to watch a pitcher that is already being tabbed by some as the best pitcher to ever come out of college baseball.