• 04:44:16 pm on March 20, 2010 | 0
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    Nats’ Strasburg to minors after 3 starts

    VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was sent to the minor leagues on Saturday by the Washington Nationals, who told baseball’s top pitching prospect he needed to slow down his delivery from the stretch in order to speed up his arrival in the majors.

    “I’m not a believer that a player can come from amateur baseball and step right into the major leagues,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “I’ve seen terrific prospects attempt it and the failure rate is too great. This is a prized asset.”

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    Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs on eight hits with 12 strikeouts in nine innings of spring training work for the Nationals this month.
    The Nationals optioned the 21-year-old Strasburg, the top overall pick in June’s draft, to Double-A Harrisburg. Easily the best pitcher in spring training for Washington, Strasburg got the news when he reported to Space Coast Stadium the morning after his most impressive spring outing.

    read more http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2010/news/story?id=5012625


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