Strasburg Update and the Washington Nationals' Decision

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Strasburg Update and the Washington Nationals' Decision
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San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the presumtive No. 1 pick in this year's draft, pitched seven-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, improving to 13-0 with a 1.24 ERA in 102 innings. He has struck out 180 this season. He exited the game with back cramps, but Strasburg said it is nothing serious.

The Nationals have a big decision to make in the next couple weeks. Strasburg is going to be tough signing, probably holding out all the way until the deadline, which isn't necessarily a bad thing considering he has set a new career high in innings pitched.

The Nationals should seriously consider Tanner Scheppers at the No. 1 pick. He has incredible stuff and is expected to rise quickly, assuming he can stay healthy.

Dustin Ackley Update

I wrote about Dustin Ackley last week, basically disagreeing with Peter Gammons' evaluation. I watched some more game footage of him at the plate and I have to admit, I was pretty impressed.

However, his inability to play the outfield this season raises some issues for me as a top 10 pick. Outfield can be very tough on a player, requiring a lot of conditioning. Be away from that for a year, and then being asked to adjust in the minor leagues while adjusting to wooden bats and professional pitching, seems like a tough task.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.

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