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Strasburg likely to begin season in minors

Feb 21, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

According to the Washington Post, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman hinted Sunday that Stephen Strasburg is likely to begin the 2010 season in the minor leagues.

The 2009 No. 1 overall pick threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.  He delivered 37 pitches, mostly fastballs, and apparently looked pretty sharp.  But, no matter how great he may look this spring, the Nats want to respect the process.  
“I wouldn’t really want to say that he’s competing for a spot in the rotation,” Riggleman said shortly after the workout.  “I think we’re open-minded, but… he could pitch real well down here, but we still might feel like the development, the process is to be respected of going through the system and getting really used to the rigors of throwing every fifth day [in the minor leagues].”

Strasburg will get the call sooner than later, and perhaps right around the time Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) is ready to contribute.  The arrival of that duo should make for a nice midseason boost in Washington.

  1. Ryan - Feb 21, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    It would make sense for the Nationals to delay Strasburg’s arbitration clock by keeping him in the minors until June. Normally I oppose this move because it restricts player’s career salaries, but Strasburg is already getting paid a huge bonus. I doubt he’ll be too upset.

  2. Paul from Virginia - Feb 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Stephen Strasburg needs a bit of seasoning that the minors will provide. June is plenty soon enough. As a Nats fan lets hope that is the last time he will see the minors and he will be a fixture for years to come. The Washington DC baseball fans desire the best.

  3. testcit01 - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:22 AM

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  4. Jonny5 - Feb 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Hmmm ? I think an entire season in the minors is what this could deserves to get. Seriously though, being thrust into the majors too quickly can be detrimental to a young pitcher. But that’s just me…..

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