Stephen Strasburg blew away the Altoona Curve today, going five innings, allowing one earned run, and whiffing eight of the 22 batters he faced. Look at some of these at bats. When the ball is in the catcher's mitt and you still haven't even started your swing, just don't bother.
Not to pick on the Curve, but even for a Double-A team, they don't have much in the way of bats. Gorkys Hernandez and Josh Harrison were the only guys Strasburg faced today who made Pittsburgh's Baseball America top 30 prospects, at #10 and #29. So it's possible that Strasburg will get a little more tested as he works his way through the Eastern League.
But I doubt it. This kid isn't going to be tested till he's facing the Phillies in the Bank, and there will be days when they won't stand a chance either.
I usually like to keep a lid on the hype when it comes to prospects. It's just kind of unfair to ask them to come out and do what's never been done before.
But in this case, forget it. We've got one of the best pitchers on the planet. Give it another week or so and his free agent year will be delayed. That's enough. Making Strasburg blow away the likes of Shelby Ford till June to delay an arbitration year that we already bought out anyway is just absurd.