Monday, March 9, 2009
Stephen Strasburg: Greatest MLB Prospect Ever?
Not many people have heard of Stephen Strasburg, mainly because he's a college pitcher from San Diego State who has yet to rape, set-fire-to, strangle, beat-up, steal, shoot, stab, blow-up, throw-a-game, or extort. But people who do know Strasburg know he's one of - if not thee - best baseball prospect(s) ever.
Many scouts think he could filter into a Major League rotation today and immediately become the #2 starter - and we're not talking Jeff Suppan #2, we're talking Danny Haren #2. One scout said he's already a better pitcher than A.J. Burnett**.
My main concern (aside from killer bees!) when I hear about these god-like prospects is - will they last? In the linked article, Buster Olney kept referencing Mark Prior when asking scouts about Strasburg. Obviously, when you hears Prior's name, you think broken-down, soft pitcher. Bo Jackson is another name that springs to mind when the word "super-prospect" filters into conversation. When Bo was young, he began churning up Hercules-esque tales about how he could jump over canyons and suffocate petite women between his lats. Well, we all know what happened to Bo, don't we?
The Nationals are in line to land Strasburg in April's draft. What sucks hard for Strasburg is right now, the Nats have as much clout in the old "scouting department" as the creepy old man who watches your nephew play little league while wearing a bathrobe and wrestling shoes. If they're smart, they'll take this kid, because seriously, whoever passes on "the greatest prospect ever" to take a shortstop from Santa Monica State should be walked out into a field and shot through the face.
But then again, we're talking about the Nats here, so anything's possible...
**What I want to know is - does this guy have the same injury pedigree that Burnett boasts - nobody stretches a hammy-pull quite as eloquently as A.J.