Ex-Stras-aganza

OK, so maybe that title was weak. They can’t all be winners.

It’s now been a few days since the big Strasburg debut in Altoona on Sunday. I’m sure the nation and beyond has caught its collective breath, at least in time for his home debut in Harrisburg on Friday (by the way, Aroldis Chapman’s on the same schedule).

Reports had it that there were 70+ credentials handed out for the game on Sunday. There were 10 TV stations in attendance, five radio stations (not including the broadcasters for the game) and tons of newspapers and websites there to chronicle it all.

I thought it’d be fun to try and link to a bunch of the subsequent reporting here. Of course, we’ll start with my story on the Strasburg start as well as a side story on fellow first-rounder Drew Storen.

As for others… (some of these require subscriptions, just so’s you know):

The list goes on and on. Needless to say, a good time was had by all and I must admit, it was fun to be a part of all of that, the packed house, the hoopla, the media frenzy and watching him pitch. I saw his no-hitter against Air Force a year ago, so seeing him take that next step was fantastic.

I know everyone was all excited to see Strasburg in action, but I kind of hoped more would’ve been written about Storen. The guy was the No. 10 overall pick in the Draft, after all and should get to the big leagues just as quickly, if not faster, than Strasburg. He seems to get that he’s going to be painted as the sidekick, the Robin to Strasburg’s Batman, if you will, but man, was he lights out on Sunday. And seeing the Strasburg starting, Storen finishing formula in action must get Nats fans excited.

OK, onward and upward. I’ll be back soon, I hope, with some Draft tidbits for the class of 2010.

2 Comments

Do you see any AL players getting called up soon? How bad does Marson have to not hit before Santana gets his shot?

Thankx
MM

Hey MM —

I have to think the Indians will be looking at that soon. It likely comes down to Santana’s development as a defender behind the plate. The bat’s just about ready.

As far as other AL players, I think Justin Smoak is the guy most are looking at. Same kind of deal. Chris Davis not hitting in Texas, Smoak tearing it up in Triple-A. Big difference there is that the Rangers I think feel they could contend. Other candidates (without looking at opportunity): Brett Wallace in Toronto, Brennan Boesch in Detroit (good sleeper pick), Peter Bourjos with the Angels, though that one’s less likely.

Of course, it’s early yet, so reading too much into stats at this point is probably not the shrewdest thing to do.

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