As bad as the Nats are, I really think it'd be stupid for them to throw him right into the majors. As remarkable as he's been in college, he's only seen college hitters and college hitters are not major leaguers. I think they'd be wise to start him in AA for 1 or 2 starts and the Trip-A for 2 or 3 starts and then assess where he's at. Not worth the risk for immediate results, and by the time the draft occurs, which is in about 3 weeks, the Nats could very well be out of playoff contention, it's a stretch but it could be true based on how they've been playing and how competitive that division is. Just a thought.
I've got him on my team, and considering the most I'll likely be able to keep him is 4-5 years depending on when he gets called up and how many innings he pitches in 2009. But considering all the hype, I'll definitely be shopping him around this offseason, just to see what I can get.
Prior came straight out, and he had only 3 seasons where he started more then 20 games, and 1 of those seasons he only started 21. Now I've not heard much about Strasburg's mechanics, so if anybody wants to link to a video or article it would be appreciated.
Does anybody know how many innings he's thrown this year? What about last year?
I had always remembered reading that his mechanics were fine, but this and this article imply otherwise.
With the latest news saying he would start in the minors and be a Sept callup, I might see if the minor league pitching coaches have any effect on him. With lots of comparisons to Prior, I'm a little nervous about the guy and going to see what my league's trade market has for him.