Quite a night for fans of massively overmatched hitters as both known phenom Stephen Strasburg and burgeoning phenom Matt Moore took the mound in minor league starts. The results were both exciting and predictable.
Stephen Strasburg took the mound in his second rehab start for the Class A Potomac Nationals, throwing three overwhelming innings in which he didn’t allow a single ball to excite the infield.
According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider and CSN Washington, Strasburg dialed his fastball up to 99 in his second inning after sitting at 98 in the first. He showcased his wholly unfair 90 mph changeup that made his A ball opponents look every bit the minor leaguers they are.
Meanwhile, Rays stud pitching prospect Matt Moore continued his assault on AAA hitting, striking out 10 in six innings for the Durham Bulls. Moore allowed only 2 while giving two free passes in a brief outing, cut short by pitch count issues. Moore did manage to miss fifteen bats in his start which, minor leaguer outing or otherwise, is very impressive.
Moore has now struck out more than 43% of the AAA batters put before him, leading the entire International League for pitchers with more than 10 innings pitched. His 1.21 FIP is also not bad.
As we discussed with Jason Collette in a recent podcast, Moore is banging on the door to the Major Leagues. There is no real rush for the Rays to push him to the Bigs unless they choose to reward his incredible play at AAA.
And, if pitching isn’t your thing but you still enjoy the performances of barely legal baseball players, how about a walkoff bomb by Bryce Harper? The future is bright in DC, y’all. Sort of. Unless you’re Jayson Werth or an economist.
Image courtesy of the Washington Post.