Washington Nationals Select Stephen Strasburg #1

Jun 9, 2009

The Washington Nationals did what was expected of them when they made Stephen Strasburg the #1 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.  Strasburg dominated this year at San Diego State going 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA and 195 Ks in 109 Innings.  He has been clocked with an impressive 102 mph fastball.

2009 Top Ten:
1.  Washington Nationals – Stephen Strasburg, P
2.  Seattle Mariners – Dustin Ackley, OF
3.  San Diego Padres – Donavan Tate, OF 
4.  Pittsburgh Pirates – Tony Sanchez, C
5.  Baltimore Orioles - Matt Hobgood, P 
6.  San Francisco – Zack Wheeler, P
7.  Atlanta Braves – Mike Minor, P
8.  Cincinnati Reds – Mike Leake, P
9.  Detroit Tigers – Jacob Turner, P
10.  Washington Nationals – Drew Storen, P

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    June 10th, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    What’s more impressive to me is his slider clocks in in the mid 90′s … how can you expect to hit a slide piece that is faster than most guys’ fastball?

    The kid should make a huge impact in the bigs.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 10th, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    As long as they don’t give him the Mark Prior treatment.

  3. Brad
    June 10th, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    True … I really hope they don’t do that to the kid.

    But, sadly enough they probably will because he is good now and he will put butts in the seats.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 10th, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    With as much money as he’ll command, I’m sure they’ll treat him with kid gloves.

  5. Larry
    June 11th, 2009 at 2:14 am #

    History has shown that Pitchers drafted #1 have been total busts, The jury is still out on David Price, and even overall #1s (since 1965)(35 Pickes) have not been good at all with only 4 True Superstars, (Griffey, Chipper Jones, A-Rod and Mauer), and maybe about 15 other good players for a period of time, and a few total busts

  6. LestersLegends
    June 11th, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    That is true, but this kid has stuff none of the others have had. Time will tell.

  7. LestersLegends
    June 11th, 2009 at 5:06 am #

    Chipper (Todd Van Poppell) and Mauer (Prior) were #1 because TVP and Prior were going to be nightmares to sign. That could be the case with some of the others as well.

  8. Louise
    June 15th, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    Pittsburgh Pirates should be always competitive enough to keep pace with the others. I really like them; they’ve always been my favourite teams in MLB. Just read about them here:

    http://www.piratesdaily.com

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