Fastball: Strasburg has a plus, plus fastball that can reach triple digit speeds. He sits comfortably in the upper 90 mph zone throughout the game. He also maintains his great fastball mechanics deep into his starts. He has some arm side life and is able to keep the ball down in the zone.
Slider: A bit curvy in the 80-82 mph range with a lot of action and tight 12 to 6 spin. He also has a true slider that sits in the 85-87 mph range.
Changeup: It sits in the 90-92 mph range with some solid action on it.
Control: Strasburg has exceptional control and command.
Stamina: He shows he can pitch the entire game, but many scouts say he may have durability issues in the future.
Strengths: Strasburg’s control and command are his strongest points. He has an amazing ability to locate the ball over the plate wherever he wants. He has great size, strength, makeup, and mound presence. You have to love the plus, plus fastball. He is the real deal.
Weaknesses: Nitpicking a little bit for the weaknesses. May be problems with his delivery. Does not have a put-away pitch among his secondary offerings. His mechanics indicate that he may have durability issues.
Strasburg is considered one of the top pitching prospects of all time. He was arguably the best college baseball pitcher in history and he didn’t slow down with his first opportunity in pro ball. Strasburg dominated the Arizona Fall League. In 5 games he has 4 wins and 1 loss, sporting a 4.26 ERA in 19 innings pitched. His numbers are skewed and look worse than they really are. In Strasburg’s second start, and only loss this winter, he pitched 2.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 7 earned runs, 3 home runs, 1 base on balls, and struck out 4. If you eliminate that one game, he combined for 4 wins, 0 losses, pitching 16.2 innings, while only allowing 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 0 home runs, 6 base on balls, and striking out 19.
Strasburg, if he pans out, should one day be able to join the 100/100 club, being able to throw 100 mph after 100 pitches. The club currently holds names such as Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum, and Nolan Ryan.
Strasburg will be invited to the Nationals camp during spring training and could win a spot in the starting rotation for 2010. Barring any setbacks, he will surely make his debut in a Washington uniform before the season is up.