It probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a baseball draft website to spend as little time discussing San Diego State junor righthander Stephen Strasburg as I have, but, as you may have already picked up on, things around here don’t always make sense. Quite honestly, I’m not sure that I have anything original to add to the Strasburg discussion. He’s good, really really good, and, from where we’re watching, the second best prospect (behind Matt Wieters) in all of baseball. His much discussed stuff is excellent, and his numbers back up the hype and then some. What we can’t say in words, we’ll attempt to show through numbers. Strasburg’s latest start, by the numbers:
6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 16 K
Strikeouts – Swinging/Looking: 12/4
112 total pitches
The missing out came on a caught stealing in the second inning, in case you were checking my numbers – something you’d always be wise to do
On the season, Strasburg has put up the following statistical line:
12.1 IP 8 H 2 ER 3 BB 27 K (1 WP, 1 HBP)
Strikeouts – Swinging/Looking: 20/7
There has been only one inning this year that Strasburg hasn’t struck out at least one batter, including the two partial innings he has thrown in each start (each 2/3rds of an inning). He has struck out the side in 5 out of his 11 completed innings. Crazy.
So far, so good as far as the pitch count is concerned – Aztecs manager Tony Gwynn said he took him out “near his 100 pitch limit” in his first start and we know for sure he was at 112 pitches in his second start. Keep that number under 120 pitches and he should be fine pitching once a week.