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Stephen Strasburg passes first test at Triple-A

May 8, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

stephen strasburg headshot double-a.jpgDifferent level, same results. Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in his debut for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night. According to Jennifer McCaffery of MLB.com, Strasburg threw 45 of 65 pitches for strikes, striking out six while walking just one. He topped out at 99 mph on the radar gun.

The 2009 No. 1 overall pick is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA though his first six starts in the minors, posting a 33/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings.

Here’s what Syracuse manager Trent Jewett told Matt Michael of Baseball America following Friday’s impressive outing:

“He’s got pace of game, he’s got confidence, he’s
got location, he’s got stuff, all he needs is experience,” Chiefs
manager Trent Jewett said. “Come watch while you can.

It’s only a matter of when.
 

  1. Martin Gorton - May 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Dude, there is no test at triple A.
    If he passed the test at double A, he’s passed the test period.
    In case you haven’t followed baseball for the past 10 years, triple A has become nothing more than a bunch of has-beens and never-will’s playing to win games and nothing more. There are very few prospects in Triple A. If a prospect is good, he skips triple A and goes straight to the big leagues because double A is where the all the top prospects are. Triple A is mainly used as a place to store players until big league teams can find roster space for them or until they want to begin their arbitration clock.

  2. D.J. Short - May 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Don’t disagree with your basic premise, but dude, it’s a headline. In fact, MiLB.com had a similar one. We all know he’s ready.

  3. Stephen - May 8, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    @Martin Gorton: There is one thing that Triple-A hitters have that most Double-A hitters are still developing – maturity and approach. The older “has been” prospects know a lot more about hitter than developing hitters. Also, playing in a different league with more aged players doesn’t do anything to hurt his value, sans an injury. However, just because you’re a top prospect, this doesn’t entail that skipping Triple-A is required.
    Currently, the International League has top hitting prospects Chris Carter (OAK), Carlos Santana (CLE), Tyler Flowers (CHW), Josh Bell (BAL), Fredie Freeman (ATL), Pedro Alvarez (PIT), Jesus Montero (NYY), Jose Tabata (PIT), your has-beens Hank Blalock and Dan Johnson are annihilating the league, and your “never-have-been” Steven Pearce is leading the league in OPS.
    Your premise has some merit, but your sheer lack of appreciation for developing talent, maintaining depth, and creating a mature player (not in age necessarily, but in baseball savvy) seems to be lacking. The Nationals aren’t going to win a World Series this year, but they are developing a nice pocket of talent in their minor league system. They are doing the right thing in keep Strasburg down, even if the short-term business side would differ.

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