San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been mowing down hitters at an unprecendented rate with a 100 MPH fastball and vicious 94 MPH slider (!). One scout recently told ESPN’s Buster Olney that Strasburg is the best prospect he’s ever seen.
With that kind of talent, and being in located in SoCal, I think it’s a pretty sure bet that Strasburg will be repped by Scott Boras once his career is over.
That’s the good news for Strasburg. Now onto the bad.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Strasburg will soon become a Washington National, as the dysfunctional D.C. club has the first pick in baseball’s next amateur draft.
I wouldn’t imagine that makes Strasburg all that excited. But at least one person is most likely relieved: former Nats GM Jim Bowden. Bowden, who was fired recently by Washington amid allegations of financial impropriety, won’t have stomach the obligatory, protracted negotiation that Boras would put him through with Strasburg.
Leave that to team president Stan Kasten, who will likely spearhead Strasburg’s contract talks. And thankfully for him, he doesn’t have any more hair to lose.
Also, to be clear, I have not yet confirmed that Boras will rep Strasburg, but I’d be shocked if he didn’t leave his deal up to the Newport Beach-hated one.
That is, unless Strasburg contracts Jason Taylor disease.