Stephen Strasburg is coming to town. But not to pitch.
The 21-year-old righthander had been scheduled to start for Syracuse in Pawtucket on Monday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. But the Nationals decided today to give Strasburg an extra day of rest and he will start Tuesday at Rochester.
Strasburg has made a mockery of the minors. In seven Double A and Triple A starts, he has allowed four earned runs on 14 hits over 34 innings and struck out 40. He threw six no-hit innings for Syracuse on Wednesday night. He dials it to to 100 without breaking a sweat and had a breaking pitch that one scout told me, “is unfair.”
The Nationals, who took Strasburg No. 1 overall in the June draft last year, are expected to call him up around June 1.
Curt Schilling said on ESPN the other day that Strasburg will be the best pitcher in the majors once he shows up. That seems a little silly given the accomplishments and talents of Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, CC Sabathia and Jon Lester.
But in time, perhaps Schilling will be right. When you talk to scouts who have watched him pitch several times, there is nothing but the highest praise.