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When is Strasburg rumored to be called up?

Postby bengbrewer » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:25 pm

Does anyone have a guess?
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Re: When is Strasburg rumored to be called up?

Postby Joe Mauer » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:52 pm

bengbrewer wrote:Does anyone have a guess?


I'll lodge my armchair guess. I will guess early June.

But that is just a guess and any insights offered will be just that, guesses.

Let's assume he goes down to the minors and just tears crap up, is the pitching God that he is and perfects in short order what they want him to. They still will be a crappy team in the majors this year and have almost zero probability (statistically speaking) of making the playoffs this season. He was one if not the best SP for them in camp, and he was sent to the minors. Reason would be to delay his arbitration clock a season hopefully. Traditionally top prospects get called up in early June if they were sent to the minors but were really ready to make a go of it in the majors from spring training and of course if there is a spot for them in the majors. Strasburg fits this mold.

Could he be called up earlier? Sure, if the Nationals management deems it worthy of risking his being arbitration eligible a year earlier than if they had waited a little longer. I really don't see that happening.

Could he spend a longer amount of time in the minors and not be called up till late June, July....September? Sure. He could unexpectably struggle in the minors which would delay his call-up date for sure. Not likely, but, entirely possible.

Basically, plug any top prospect that seems "ready" for the majors now who seemingly has a realistic way to eventually get on the major league team this year into this statement. Sometime early June.

I hope this did not come off as condescending, as, that was not it's intent. It just is one of those questions that is merely a guess answer. But if I were guessing.....or betting on it, which, in a sort of way is what fantasy sports is.......I would say early June. Same for Posey, Santana, etc....

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Re: When is Strasburg rumored to be called up?

Postby Oatsdad » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:38 pm

I'm also in the "June" camp. I think he stays in the minors past June only if a) the Nats' five starters all play so well they don't need him - ha! - or b) Strasburg really, really, struggles in the minors. Both seem pretty unlikely - I think as long as Strasburg plays okay in the minors, he'll be a Nat by June 15...
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Re: When is Strasburg rumored to be called up?

Postby dc928 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:47 pm

I say early June, once he hits his eligability he will be up. There is no hurry for Washinginton to call him up, I mean it is not like they will be competitive or anything.
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Re: When is Strasburg rumored to be called up?

Postby san76er » Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:47 pm

Until a few weeks ago I really thought Strasburg would be called up sometime in May. But the Nats have around 18 million ($$$) reasons to make sure that Strasburg doesn't attain Super-2 status.

Here is an article from the Washington Post that explains Strasburg's situation fairly well. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR2010031904323.html

The Nats are going to be a bad team of course, so there will be no incentive to call him up early to help their playoff chances. I think there are only 2 plausible reasons why Strasburg would be called up before June/mid-June.

1) He so thoroughly dominates minor league ball to the point that it is not even a challenge to him....and by not calling him up the Nats would actually be impeding his progress by forcing him to play against inferior competition.

2)The Nats feel that the potential boost in attendence, merchandising, etc....would be comparable to that previously mentioned number of 18 million dollars that Strasburg stands to gain if he reaches Super-2 status.

I would say that the secound scenario seems more likely. But in reality I don't expect Strasburg until June.
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Re: When is Strasburg rumored to be called up?

Postby wildbill » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:53 pm

I wouldn't be shocked if he didn't come up until July, but yeah June at the absolute earliest. Also I'm thinking he gets shut down for the season in mid September at the latest and possibly for the whole month of September. They aren't going to risk their future by having him throw too many innings this year. Think 90 - 100 innings at most in the majors or about half a season worth of starts. Also if you're in a H2H league don't count on him for the playoffs.
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