The Washington Nationals got a deal when they managed to sign “can’t miss” pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg for four years at less than $4 million per. Today, they’ll see what exactly they paid for, as the right-hander will do his first pitching in a Nationals uniform in spring training this afternoon.
Drew Storen, another Nationals draft pick, played with Strasburg in the Arizona Fall League, making him one of the Nationals who has seen him pitch in a game.
“He’s a bulldog out there,” Storen said. “He’s one of those guys you like having on your team, because you know he’s a competitor. He’s so laid-back otherwise, you don’t necessarily see that. You’ll kind of see a different side of him. I don’t know if he’ll say he has a different side, but you’ll definitely see he turns it up a notch on the mound. It’s pretty fun to watch.” –WaPo.
Strasburg won’t put the Nationals in contention right away–the rest of their pitching staff is just abysmal. The San Diego State product should be able to contribute immediately to a team that finished dead last in the NL in team ERA last season. It’s like when you go out on Friday night and make out with the fattest, ugliest person at the bar. Saturday night, by definition, can’t be any worse.