huztlers wrote:That's right, if people repeat it enough times then it must be true. I remember reading a story about how Matt Weiters was the best prospect ever last spring. Next year it will be Bryce Harper... Get ahold of yourselves people. Everything does not have to be the biggest, bestest, brightest thing ever. I mean, that sparkling 4+ ERA in the AFL is pretty amazing but just settle down.
Strasburg has put up the type of numbers that make him a once in a decade prospect. But still nonetheless he is a prospect and you don't know (you have an idea and estimation) how he will pan out from there. Bryce Harper has shown a similar type of promise with ridiculous numbers at such a young age in highschool.
But do not down play the clear number one overall pick in the draft because of a small sample size ERA in a league that is clearly beneficial to hitters. Look at how many guys OPS over 1k. It was Strasburg's first taste of pro ball and he more than held his own against guys who for the most part are 2 to 3 years older as well as have years of pro experience... Hell there are guys in the AFL who are 5 years older than Strasburg. Besides even though his ERA wasn't stellar he still had a good K/9 and WHIP. I'm sure if the season was longer his ERA would have dropped way down from the 4.26 ERA (11th in the league) he ended the AFL with.
Matt Wieters was never regarded to be anything close to the best prospect ever. It was debatable if he was even the best prospect in the minors last year alone. BA said Wieters was the #1 prospect but they had Gordon Beckham ranked at #20 and he was clearly the most productive hitter last year out of BA's top prospect list... They also had David Price ranked at #2 and Tommy Hanson ranked at #4 (Really kind of splitting hairs here but you get what I mean?). But like I said you never really know exactly how a prospect will respond in the bigs. Besides just because someone is better now does it mean they will have a better career? It is hard to say...
But Strasburg did in fact put up some of the best (if not the best) college numbers ever. So based on that as well as his 6'4" frame as well as his 103 MPH fastball and advanced secondary offerings, yes that equates to at the very least one of the best pitching prospect ever.