-In his first week in the majors, the Nationals Stephen Strasburg has been named the National League Player of the Week. In starts against Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Strasburg went 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA, while striking out 22 batters in just 12.1 innings pitched.
Strasburg proved that he was more than ready for the major leagues with last weeks performance. When everyone in the baseball world was tuning in to his start against the Pirates, he rose to the occasion and then some. The poise and maturity he showed in Cleveland, a start in which he was having mound problems that affected his control, Strasburg still managed to strikeout eight Indians in just 5.1 innings.
There are still some who say they are not convinced because Strasburg was pitching against two of the weakest lineups in the league. That is a valid point, at this point, who wouldn’t want to see him go up against the Yankees or Red Sox, but the fact remains that the Pirates and Indians are major league teams that Strasburg had little problems with. He has dominated at every level and it is hard to imagine him having any extreme difficulties in his transition to the bigs.
-After drafting seventeen-year-old Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in last weeks draft, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo feels confident that the two sides will agree on a deal, despite Scott Boras being Harpers agent.
It is imperative that Harper gets signed, and Rizzo knows that. I believe they will work something out because the two parties are familiar with each other from when they worked on Strasburg’s deal last year. There is no timetable as to when the sides will agree, but with Boras involved, expect this to be dragged out for a while. It will be a great relief for the organization and its fans once the deal gets done so they can start thinking more about baseball and less about draft picks…and Scott Boras.