Stephen Strasburg to Make MLB Debut

Good news for keeper geeks and anyone else who has been holding a spot open: Stephen Strasburg is here, baby!

Highly-touted minor league pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg will make his major league debut on June 8. The greatly anticipated premiere will occur when his Washington Nationals take on the last place Pittsburgh Pirates… certainly not a bad way for a rookie to get his feet wet. This comes as great news to many fantasy owners who have anxiously held a roster spot open the entire season in hopes of what this blue-chip candidate can do. While honing his craft this season at Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, Strasburg has had a 1.43 ERA, with 60 Ks and only 12 walks in 50 innings pitched. He has shared the pitching prospect watch list with Cincinnati Reds’ minor league prize Aroldis Chapman, whose early season success has taken a step backward, as he deals with blister issues and control problems. Interesting to note, however, that Washington Post beat reporter Adam Kilgore estimates that Strasburg will be kept under 100 major league innings pitched this year, as the Nats wish not to overwhelm the projected sensation with overwork in his first professional season.

– Si Korot

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3 Responses

  1. After a few of the highlights I saw, I think he has the potenial to be one of the best pitchers in baseball in the next three years easily…..No way it happens over night though.

  2. Does anyone buy Schillings argument that he’s going to be the best pitcher in the league immediately? I think the guy is good, but he’s not going to be Ubaldo right off the bat. We will see how he does on June 8th!

    • He may be darn good, but with the amount of innings pitched he’ll be limited to, he won’t make the fantasy impact that people who were stashing him all season were hoping for…

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