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Twitter poll: Should Strasburg be considered for All-Star team?

I asked a question to my Twitter followers on Saturday: Do you think Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg should be considered for the 2010 All-Star Game? Why?

Of the 50 people who responded, 43 of them said Strasburg should be considered, while nine said Strasburg should rest during the All-Star break. Two followers were not sure when the question was asked. Here is what some of the Twitter followers had to say.

@LetTeddyWin: They should plan his turn in the rotation around it.

@kevin_reiss: Strasburg should go, but not at the expense of Ryan Zimmerman.

@Natss9: He started only three games even though he has been outstanding. I would have to say no. Well, if he is this good after 7 games then yes!

@RedZou: No, let him rest him rest during the All-Star break. He’s good enough, but he’s ours.

@OlkinComm: No, not after only a few starts. Even if he were voted in, Nats shouldn’t send him. Why waste innings, risk injury?

@natsboy: No. Because A-S game should reward accomplishment, not talent. He will not have accomplished enough after 7 starts.

@mikecarlucci: Why not? The ASG is just as much a “who’s hot” as it is “who’s the best” and Strasburg is as hot as they come.

@jenjensn: Well, it is a popularity contest. He’s pretty popular.

@jypaulos: Not sure. He would add some interest, but I’m not sure he’s been in the Majors long enough to earn All-Star recognition.

@thebrowncoat: Absolutely. If he’s one of the best pitchers in the NL.  He deserves to be there.

@IND_Sports_Cubs: No, he’s had three starts. He has the talent but has not been an “All-Star” this year.

@DArkMEATHOOK: He’s a pitcher. He’s putting up good stats. He should be considered. Selected, probably not.

@robmille: if Strasburg keeps pitching like this, they should consider him — not for the starter, but he is pitching amazingly

@chrisduckworth: If the coaches select Strasburg, why not?

@TahlequahSports: I say no to Strasburg on the All-Star team only because of the limited amount of work. What about the guys with 10+ starts?

@Pauly360: Absolutely! People want to see him face the best hitters in the league. What better place than the All-Star Game?

@churchofbasebal: You have to be kidding me. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a long time. Get some perspective!

@IBALLZACH: Not just yet.  But if he keeps pitching like he is for a couple more starts then, yes, he should be considered.

@TheNatsBlog: If he keeps pitching this way from now on, of course.

@HendoDC: Yes, absolutely. Excellence should be recognized, and he’ll be a ratings draw.

@RealRedskins: Absolutely. If he’s one of the best pitchers, why not? 

Twitter Poll: Should Strasburg, Storen be in Majors?

I asked a question to my Twitter followers on Sunday morning: If you were in Mike Rizzo’s shoes, would you promote Nats right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen to the Major Leagues now or later? Why?

Of the 50 people who responded, 25 of them said bring them up to the  big leagues, while the rest believe there isn’t a need to rush the prospects. Here is what some of the Twitter followers had to say.
@rickyh17:  I would not promote them yet. Let them get in some more experience at Triple A first.

@Sultan_of_Stat: Bring up Strasburg now if John Lannan is to miss more games, otherwise wait. Bring up Storen now to take some pressure off Tyler Clippard.

@SacksJacked: I’m for Stras now. If he’s ready, he’s ready. Don’t worry about the financial stuff. It seems to be more noise than it really is.

@wynams: The season is long. The Nats are doing well now. Rushing players too fast could be devastating.

@LarryTheSequel: I’d do it now. Both are performing well at Triple-A and they may as well get their MLB bumps and bruises sooner than later.

@Natss9: I would bring them up for the Reds series in June. The Nats have gone this far. I don’t see why they should deviate from the plan.

@JoeBHokie: Wait. The pitching is good now. Jordan Zimmermann, Chien-Ming Wang and Jason Marquis are in the wings. The kids need low stress innings and Nats get an extra contract year.

@rfish15: Bring up Storen now, if Brian Bruney doesn’t come around. Strasburg can wait until June. Less pressure on SS waiting. See where the team is then. 

@SodaPop6548: They are both doing well, but still need some experience. Don’t rush them into the Majors!

@DArkMEATHOOK: I’d promote both after two or more Triple-A appearances. Seem like both can help out the ballclub.

@Michaeljenk: Strasburg for sure and not just because of his potential. His performance in the Minors shows that he’s ready.

@NotRizzo: I would hold Storen back till June to ensure he isn’t a Super 2, since he can pitch all the way to October without an innings limit. 

@Terpsrule: Storen yes, because he’s had a year in the system. Strasburg, not net. A few more games in Syracuse, then come on down Stephen!

@nat_meg: Stras, no. Starting pitching has been pretty solid.

@Dwade: This team isn’t quite there yet. The playoffs aren’t in the cards this year, so why start their service clocks?

@Jake_Titleman39: Wait until June. We save money and we hope were still in the playoff race so those guys become even more important. 

@jcj5y: They need Storen more right now. I would be sorely tempted. No on Strasburg until June.

Strasburg likely headed to Minors, has live BP session [updated]

Manager Jim Riggleman hinted Tuesday morning that right-hander Stephen Strasburg more than likely will be sent to Minor League camp after a couple of starts. Riggleman also didn’t rule out Strasburg making the team out of Spring Training.  

Riggleman said Strasburg will not be judged based on what he does on the mound. His first start is March 9 against the Tigers. He is expected to throw two innings or 30 to 40 pitches. 

The team has already said in the past that Strasburg hasn’t thrown enough innings in professional baseball. He has pitched 19 innings in the Arizona Fall League. 

“I think it’s going to come down to a philosophical decision more so than a performance decision,” Riggleman said. “We anticipate that he is going to throw great. I think it’s going to come down to, what is going to be best for Stephen Strasburg as an organization. I have been very impressed and I continue to be impressed.”

“I’m not trying to dodge the question at all, but I’m going to be impressed with a lot of guys, but some of them are not going to make the club.”

Strasburg  had his second live batting practice session that same day. He threw  for 12 minutes and dominated while Roger Bernadina, Eric Bruntlett, Willy Taveras and Josh Whitesell were at the plate.

“He was throwing his fastball — a four seamer and a two seamer,” Bruntlett said of Strasburg. “He had pretty good movement on it. He was throwing a breaking ball and it was pretty sharp. He has a changeup as well.”
Only Bernadina and Bruntlett made solid contact with Bernadina hitting a ball through the hole, while Bruntlett hit a chopper.

“He looked great. He looked like he has everything he needs to be an accomplished big-league pitcher,” Bruntlett said about Strasburg. “That’s what you could tell at this point, but it’s hard to really know. There’s a lot more that goes into getting guys out and having a good arm. He certainly has everything he needs.”

Storen overlooked; Lannan pitching Saturday

Right-hander Drew Storen is considered one of the top prospects in the Nationals organization, but he has been overshadowed by his teammate, right-hander Stephen Strasburg, this spring.  

That’s OK, said Storen, because Strasburg deserves the publicity after what he has accomplished in the last year. Strasburg went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts at San Diego State University en route to being named the 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

“I love it. I think it’s awesome. He 100 percent deserves the publicity,” said Storen, who was also a first round pick. “I’m just taking a back seat to it all. The Nationals haven’t received all this attention in the last couple of years. I think Stephen is going to be a big help. I don’t deserve the same attention. I’m not as good as he is.”

But good enough. Storen had a great first season in professional baseball, saving a combined 11 games with a 1.95 ERA for Class A Hagerstown and Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.  It earned Storen a Spring Training invitation, but it’s more than likely that Storen will start the season in the Minor Leagues. Storen understands the team doesn’t want to rush him to the big leagues.

“I’m looking at the big picture,” Storen said. “I want to be a guy that helps this team win. I don’t want to be there for a cup of coffee. In the end, I want to have a career in the big leagues.”

*Storen has been going through the windup during live batting practice sessions in order to give the hitters a different look. This unusual because relievers go through the stretch when they are pitching in the late innings. Storen started doing the windup by watching Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren.

“I watched how Haren has that pause,” Storen said “Obviously, timing is big for hitters and [look to] can change their timing up and always keep them uncomfortable. If I can do that with my stuff and my motion, that is going to help me out.”              

* Catcher Jesus Flores will throw from 90 feet the next couple days. If all goes well, Flores hopes to start taking batting practice later in the week.

* Left-hander John Lannan will pitch against the Mets on Saturday at Space Coast Stadium, while right-hander Jason Marquis will throw against the same team the next day at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

* Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the television home of the Nationals, will televise Strasburg’s first spring training appearance on March 9th at 1 p.m.ET on MASN and MASN HD from Space Coast Stadium.

Strasburg is expected to pitch two innings for the Washington, but MASN will televise the entire game.

Strasburg will not need surgery

The Nationals received good news Friday. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will not need surgery on his left knee, according to a baseball source.

Strasburg went to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles and all Strasburg needs to do is rest the knee, put ice on it and have therapy. Strasburg and general manager Mike Rizzo were not available for comment.

Strasburg was scratched from Saturday’s start in the Arizona Fall League championship game because of a twisted left knee, suffered during a Phoenix Desert Dogs workout on Thursday afternoon.

An MRI showed inflammation in the knee.

Strasburg, who was the first overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, made five starts, going 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA. He struck out 26 batters in 19 innings for the Desert Dogs.
It marks the second time Strasburg was injured during the AFL season. Previously, a neck injury forced him to miss a start.

Strasburg reportedly hurt his left knee while shagging fly balls. 

Stephen Strasburg has injured left knee [UPDATED]

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from Saturday’s start in the Arizona League Championship Game because a twisted left knee, suffered during a Phoenix Desert Dogs workout Thursday afternoon.

It marks the second time Strasburg was injured during the AFL season. A neck injury forced him to miss a start.

The injury is not considered serious. Strasburg reportedly hurt the knee while shagging fly balls. An MRI showed inflammation in the knee. As a precaution, Strasburg is scheduled to be examined Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Friday. 

Strasburg, who was the first overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, made in five starts, going 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA. He struck out 26 batters in 19 innings for the Desert Dogs.    

Update on Strasburg

After missing his scheduled start because of a strained neck, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is slated to make his next Arizona Fall League start on Saturday vs. the Peoria Saguaros.


Strasburg honored by Arizona Fall League

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was named the Arizona Fall Leagues’ Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Strasburg, making his professional debut in the AFL, won his only start last week, posting a league-leading six strikeouts in five innings while allowing four hits and one earned run in his longest Fall League outing.

Strasburg, 21, shares the AFL lead with three wins and is tied for fourth with 17 strikeouts. He is 3-1 with a 5.28 ERA entering Monday’s action. Strasburg leads active Fall League starters in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.98.

Stephen Strasburg to pitch in October

The wait is almost over. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, will pitch in two Instructional League games next month.

His first outing will be against the Tigers on Oct. 5 in Viera Fla., and then he will go on the mound five-days later against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. In both starts, Strasburg will be on a pitch count. It’s not known how many pitches he will throw.  

General manager Mike Rizzo and team president Stan Kasten were not available for comment.    

After the two outings, Strasburg will then head to Phoenix to play in the Arizona Fall League.

Strasburg, 21, went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts this season at San Diego State University en route to being named the Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 batters and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings. 

Drew Storen meets Stephen Strasburg

Right-hander Drew Storen, the Nationals’ first-round-pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has been hanging out at Nationals Park the last two days.

The highlight, so far, has been meeting right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the team’s first overall pick in the ’09 Draft, on Tuesday. Strasburg has been working out with the Nationals the last few days.

The two were talking almost nothing but baseball that day. For example, Strasburg asked Storen about life in the Minor Leagues, while Storen wanted to know what it’s like to work out with the big-league team.  

The two are expected to be teammates in the Arizona Fall League in October.

“It was awesome meeting Strasburg,” Storen said. “I never met him before. I’ve seen every clip on ESPN and it … was nice to catch up with him. He asked some questions on what Minor League Baseball was like. I don’t think he will ever find out what it’s like. I gave him some stories. I told him about the bus rides and all that. He is a low-key guy. I was really happy I was able to talk to him.”

Storen was almost unhittable in his first professional season, going a combined 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA and 11 saves for Class A Hagerstown, Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. What he accomplish did not earn him a promotion to the big leagues. No big deal, said Storen.

“I’m happy with the way things have happened,” he said. “I’m happy with the way I have pitched. My goal was not to be a big leaguer for a month. I look at the big picture. The Arizona Fall League is going to be a great experience. I’m really looking toward next year as my big goal.”