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Rizzo: Stephen Strasburg will not be rushed

Apr 21, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

strasburg on the mound.JPGStephen Strasburg boasts a 2-0 record, 0.73 ERA and a 17/3 K/BB ratio through three starts (12 1/3 innings) at Double-A Harrisburg and is certainly ready for more of a challenge.  But don’t expect a promotion to the big leagues anytime soon.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo hinted to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman on Wednesday that the 21-year-old standout will not be rushed through the organization, no matter how well he pitches.

“I’ve got a tentative plan in my mind, that I’m not going to share with
you guys,” Rizzo said with a laugh
Wednesday. “But we see that he certainly needs more work down in the
minor leagues. We’re going to see him in the big leagues, and when we
see him in the big leagues, we hope he’s here for good.”

It’s less about performance and development than it is about money, of course.  By leaving Strasburg in the minors until early June, the Nats can prevent him from reaching Super-Two status, which gives a player an extra year of arbitration.  In the end, patience could save the Nationals nearly $20 million.

  1. JBerardi - Apr 21, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Does the super-two rule serve any purpose other than weakening the MLB talent pool? Strasburg is simply wasting bullets right now, and I’m sure the Nats know that, but they basically HAVE to keep him down because of this silly rule. Can we get rid of this silly rule already?

  2. Moses Green - Apr 22, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    In this instance the development issues are far more important than the money issue. In the majors, no manager is going to relieve a starter who’s dealing through 5 innings with less than 70 pitches thrown. Managers get paid to win.
    By keeping S.S. in the minors they get to work on his delivery, mechanics and secondary pitches while limiting his workload. And yes, he will need his secondary pitches to be successful in MLB no matter how great his fastball is. Efficiency and mechanics are the keys to staying healthy and succeeding as a starter. Y’all remember this next year when S.S. is dealing and Mike Leake is on his way to visit Dr. Andrews. Will you still think it’s about the money then?

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