Strasburg to start year in the minors?

Micah WarrenContributor IFebruary 22, 2010

Despite being the #1-overall pick in last year’s draft and having a ton of hype surrounding him, it looks like Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the year in the minors. Manager Jim Riggleman was asked about Strasburg competing for a spot in the starting rotation.

“I wouldn’t really want to say that he’s competing for a spot in the rotation,” said Riggleman. “I think we’re open-minded, but … he could pitch real well down here, but we still might feel like the development, the process is to be respected of going through the system and getting really used to the rigors of throwing every fifth day [in the minor leagues].”

Strasburg threw a bullpen session Sunday morning consisting of 37 pitches. But it was very heavily attended and you can imagine that he will be under heavy scrutiny with every pitch that he tosses. And regardless of how good he is, the best bet is for him to screw around in the minors for a bit.

Then again, when the Nationals start off on a 20-game losing streak, there might be some pressure to call the kid up.