Stephen Strasburg to debut with Nats June 8

The Nationals have announced that 2009 overall No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg will make his major league debut June 8 against Pittsburgh, following one more minor league start for Triple-A Syracuse (June 3 vs. Buffalo).

The excitement over Strasburg (6-2 with a 1.43 ERA, 60 Ks in 50 1/3 minor league innings) has captivated Washington; three hours after Monday’s announcement, the Nats’ website was showing no tickets available for the June 8 game.

Many baseball observers have cast Strasburg as one of the best pitching prospects ever. So without even throwing a pitch, he’s certainly a candidate to be the overall No. 1 pick in next March’s I-75 League draft, along with Jason Heyward and possibly Bryce Harper.

(Don’t know Bryce Harper? Stay tuned for a subsequent post.)

The first-year player draft is June 7-9.  The Nats could draft Harper on June 7, start Strasburg on June 8, and have everyone in Washington wearing Nats caps to work on June 9.

Although it’s  unlikely, if the Nats were to give Harper enough at-bats in September to warrant a Strat card, the left-handed hitting 17-year-old phenom could be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick as well.

How much can we expect out of Strasburg? The Washington Post breaks down the rest of his season:

Based on how many innings he threw last year and how many he’s already thrown this year, The Post says to expect about 95 innings, or 15 starts with an average of about six innings per start.

Exciting days ahead in Washington! Harper, Strasburg, then John Wall to the Wizards …  how about LeBron???

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5 Responses

  1. With all due respect to Mr. Harper, I would be shocked if Heyward or Strasburg aren’t No. 1. Harper is now projected to be an OF, instead of C, in order to take advantage of his bat. I would think the top six picks would be something like this:

    1. Strasburg
    2. Heyward
    3. Austin Jackson
    4. Jose Bautista (1.000 OPS vs. RHP!)
    5. Carlos Santana (soon to be summoned Indians catcher with Mauer-like offensive skills)
    6. Jaime Garcia or John Ely, who are both just dominatingly sick.

  2. I do not have tix to the Strasburg debut… I’d be amenable if a couple fell in my lap, but would be just as content to watch on TV.

  3. Let us not forget the Nats other first rounder Drew Storen, already up with the big club. They eye him as their future closer.

  4. Gary: Do you have tickets for the Strasburg debut?

    • I’ll go to the Strasburg game. Jackson and Boesch and
      Posey look good so far also.

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