Stephen Strasburg continues to shine

Stephen Strasburg 3 photo by Diamond Images 1.jpgIt is still uncertain when Stephen Strasburg will pitch in the Majors but there is little doubt that he seems ready. He made his eighth Minor League start last night–five with Double-A Harrisburg and three with Triple-A Syracuse–and he continued to prove he is ready for The Show. He pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of three hit ball with two walks and nine strikeouts. He threw over 90 pitches for the first time in the Minors. Strasburg is 6-1 with a 0.89 ERA (4 ER/ 40.1 IP), 49 strikeouts and just 10 walks. He is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/ 18.1 IP) with 22 strikeouts and four walks in three starts at Syracuse.

Here are a few headlines from last night’s start:

Joe Posnanski from Sports Illustrated writes Nats phenom Stephen Strasburg has nothing left in Minors.

“Strasburg almost certainly won’t pitch in the Big Leagues until June 4 because the Nationals, understandably, don’t want him to be eligible for arbitration in two years. And they wouldn’t mind him pitching twice on that early June home stand. Of course, that’s not what the Nationals say — they might not even be allowed to say that. Instead, they will say that he still has a few things he could work on. Perhaps his walk to and from the dugout could use a little tightening up. He could improve on the tilt of his baseball cap. Something. Anything. He won’t pitch until June 4.”

Dave Sheinin from the Washington Post writes as major league debut draws nearer, Washington Nationals prospect Stephen Strasburg shines again

“By the end, Strasburg was as overpowering as he has ever been in the minors, striking out six of the final eight batters he faced — three on curveballs (two of them swinging), two on fastballs and one on a change-up. Red Wings swung at curveballs in the opposite batter’s box, fastballs at their eyes and change-ups in the dirt.”

Kevin Oklobzija from the Rochester Democrat writes Fans flock to Frontier Field to see Stephen Strasburg.

The large majority of fans bought tickets to see Strasburg, however. “This guy is the real deal,” said Andrew Harrison of Rochester. “It’s always fun to come to the ballpark but it’s always interesting to see a No. 1 draft pick.”

Jim Mandelaro from the Rochester Democrat writes Stephen Strasburg as good as advertised.

“Reaching 99 mph four times with an effortless delivery, Strasburg wowed a standing-room-only crowd of 12,590 with a masterful performance Wednesday night at festive Frontier Field.”

Shawn Krest from writes Strasburg continues Triple-A scoreless streak.

“In the early going, Strasburg wasn’t as dominant as in his first two starts for the Chiefs, as he struggled to find the strike zone with consistency. He threw first-pitch balls to his first five batters and had his two highest pitch counts of his brief Triple-A career in the first two innings of the game.”

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