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17 year old Cale's very opinionated view on everything sports.

And with the first pick in the ’09 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals select…

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Will the Nationals take Stephen Strasburg, the phenom right hander clocked at 103 mph, and almost guaranteed to be the next big thing? This is almost a sure thing, believe it or not. The Nats would be nuts not to take Strasburg, but there are many factors that would make it easier to understand if they passed on him.

Stephen Strasburg

The Upside: Strasburg has put up ridiculous numbers while pitching at San Diego State. While winning thirteen games, Strasburg struck out 195 batters while only walking 19 in 109 innings. Having being clocked as high as 103 mph, and throwing a no-hitter, Strasburg had a nearly complete college career. With all the buzz this kid is generating, the Nats drafting him would immediately reek economic benefits. Attendance would soar, and that would be tremendous in this economy. Of course, the real upside is if Strasburg is the real thing. Imagine his first major league start in September, Nationals Park packed to capacity with hopeful fans. The first batter Strasburg faces, he fans with three 103 mph fastballs, and the crowd goes wild! The Nationals will be hoping for years of excitement, and production as their efforts to turn that ball club around go on.

The Downside: As with most, if not all things, there is a downside to this phenom. Number one, is his agent Scott Boras, who has been reported to be asking for as high as a 50 million dollar deal before Strasburg even throws a professional pitch. That’s unbelievably risky for a team trying to turn it around, and in these economic times. Strasburg could go down with injury and never throw a pitch, and the Nats would lose 50 million dollars. Say that Strasburg were to make it to the majors though. He’ll be making his 50 million, but what if he doesn’t live up to the hype? What if he just turns out to be a mediocre pitcher making a ridiculous amount of money? Although, it could be even worse if the Nationals were not to sign him. Having failed to sign their last two top picks, fans will begin losing faith. Players just don’t want to come to Washington, and if Strasburg doesn’t sign, it will just be another blow to the franchise.

Either way, this move is risky for the Nats. It could bring the ultimate reward, or slow the teams development for more years to come. It’s gonna be interesting to see how it all plays out. Oh, and after the Nationals figure out what they’ll do with that first pick, they get to turn around and pick at number ten. I can feel the pounding headaches coming on.

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Written by Cale

June 9, 2009 at 6:17 PM

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