Strasburg Mania

2009 MLB First Year Player Draft is just hours away, and all indications are that the Nationals will select Stephen Strasburg, the right-hander from San Diego State, with their first pick.

strasburg.jpgNationals fans are practically drooling over the prospect of this soon-to-be 21 year old (on July 20th) being signed. Many fans are hoping to see him called up to the majors in September, and nearly all Nats fans have already anointed Strasburg as the ace of the Nats staff for 2010.

I, however, am a little bit leary.

There’s no doubt that Strasburg is incredibly talented. He has great stuff — he has thrown 100+ mph fastballs, for goodness sake! But signing Strasburg is going to require a lot of money…an estimated $50 million. There is no guarantee that he will live up to the hype surrounding him. And I’m concerned about the longevity of a pitcher who throws so hard. Will Strasburg be the Nationals superstar ace for years to come, or is he just a few pitches away from blowing out his shoulder or elbow?

If the Nationals are able to sign Strasburg — and I fully expect them to do so, if only because not signing him would be a PR blunder of epic proportions — then I hope he remains in the minors this season. I know that most fans want to see him called up in September, but I’d rather not see him rushed into the big leagues before he’s ready. Maybe he will be ready in September, but I doubt it. Calling him up will certainly sell tickets towards the end of what is turning out to be an incredibly awful season, but I don’t believe that’s a good enough reason to rush this kid up to the majors before he’s ready.

At any rate, the draft is nearly here, and it will certainly be an exciting day for both the Nationals and Strasburg.

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2 comments

  1. juliasrants

    I feel bad for Strasburg. So much is going to be expected of him in a very short amount of time. Will he get the chance to develop at the right speed? While rushing him affect his career in the long run? One player is not going to be able to save the Nationals – no matter what Scott Boras says. I hope that Stephen is treated well.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. diamonddiva

    I feel bad for him to a certain extent, although it’s tough for me to feel too sorry for a 20 year old who may end up being a millionaire before his 21st birthday! But you’re right…a lot is expected of this kid, and it’s really not fair. The Nats could sign a reincarnated Cy Young, and if the defense and bullpen continue to stink, then not even Mr. Young could save the team from itself.

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