(Photo by Getty Images. Stephen Strasburg's second Arizona Fall League start was a bleeping disaster.)
"I haven't faced professional hitters my entire life. I'm sure there were times in college when my stuff wasn't very good and I got away with it. These guys can hit mistakes. This isn't college baseball. These are Double-A, top prospects in each of their organizations. They can all hit and all have a plan out there."
(Stephen Strasburg, via MLB dot com, 10/22/2009)
"Can I have my $15 million back?"
(Ted Lerner, via Nationals Enquirer, 10/22/2009)
Stephen Strasburg, Desert Dog.
Peoria Javelinas 9, Phoenix Desert Dogs 6. Strasburg's line, ugly: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 HR. 1 WP. 60 pitches, 36 for strikes. Groundouts-flyouts, 4-0. No miracles.
Welcome to reality, Mr. Strasburg.
The only highlight for SS? Striking out Dustin Ackley (#2 pick in the 2009 Draft), on a 83 MPH curveball in the 2nd.
Oh well, there's always Bryce Harper in 2010!