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Strasburg, Storen sent to Harrisburg

Mar 20, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen have both been sent to minor-league camp and each will open the season at Class AA Harrisburg.

The fellow first-round picks were informed this morning. Strasburg, who is already on the 40-man roster and has a major-league contract, was optioned to Harrisburg. Storen, who was a non-roster invitee to spring training, was re-assigned to minor-league camp.

UPDATE AT 10:26 A.M. — Also sent down this morning: Matt Chico (optioned to Class AAA Syracuse), Jamie Burke and Doug Slaten (both re-assigned to minor-league camp).

UPDATE AT 10:43 A.M. — Strasburg on the decision: "It's all good. I'm going to go down to Harrisburg and learn what I need to learn and hopefully get called up soon."

UPDATE AT 10:48 A.M. — Strasburg, on the factors involved in this decision: "I wasn't really shocked. I was trying to just go up here and do my thing and not really worry about what happens. Because it's a business now. It's completely out of my control. There's no point worrying about it. I was focusing on baseball. I'm still going to focus on baseball. They have a plan for me. It doesn't matter what I think or how I feel. They're going to stick to their plan, and I'm going to do what they tell me to do."

UPDATE AT 10:51 A.M. — Storen, asked if there's any disappointment in getting sent down: "Yeah, that was my goal, to make the team out of camp. But in the bigger picture, I understand. I want to make a career in the big leagues. And going and developing and becoming polished in the minor leagues to get my shot in the bigRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Darn, there was speculation Strasburg would first go to Potomac, which in theory, is warmer than Harrisburg in April. I was hoping to see him pitch there before he came up.

  2. natscan reduxit - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    … AA is not a bad thing. This kid'll face a whole passel of AB's before he gets to select which cap to wear at his HoF induction.Go Nats!!

  3. Andrew - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Another surprise twist! Darn. I was ready for April 8th in Potomac!

  4. Anonymous - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    I understand the Strasburg decision, baseball and businesswise however I do not agree with the Storen decision especially at this point in spring training. Storen came right out of the draft signed below slot and pitched very effectively in the minors with a total of 28 starts. In Harrisburg he pitched in 10 games with 9 saves a WHIP of .730 and ERA of 0 In fact he pitched better as his competition got better which is exactly what you want to see. I’m not saying that he should be given a spot in the bullpen but he should have had an equal chance of earning one. Additionally, as a reliever in the majors he can be put into situation that he can succeed in greatly advancing his development. He should not be put in the position of closer this year except maybe in September but if he earns the right to the “show” it not only help him it sends a message to future draft pick to sign early.

  5. Bill C-H - Mar 20, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Right move for both – June will be great!

  6. peric - Mar 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    They want to push that arbitration year back with Storen as well. Be interesting to see how the rosters in the minors all thresh out.

  7. peric - Mar 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Thompson, Strasburg, Storen in Harrisburg. All three could end up back with the club in June.

  8. UnkleWheez - Mar 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    I am sad, but it is the right move. Well not sad. I am happy our team showed patience. This will be good for the future of our farm system.

  9. Anonymous - Mar 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Lets just move opening day to June and say April and May never happened. JT in SC

  10. peric - Mar 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    The next question is: who else ends up in Harrisburg with them? It looks now like Syracuse will be the home of the older "AAAA" types as many here refer to them. I guess Chico and Arneson fall into that category. Balester is getting close. If they send Martis down does he also go to Syracuse or does he go to Harrisburg with the prized prospects? That's also where the Michael Burgess and Espinosa are likely to be.

  11. Anonymous - Mar 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Do pitchers bat in Double-A?-longerterm?

  12. Anonymous - Mar 20, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    The jump from AA to the show is very common. Many organizations use AAA as a fall back for guys who are having a hard time adjusting to the majors. Getiing more AB's, getting additional innings, getting their mechanics right, getting their head on straigt, etc…Plenty of players have made the jump sucessfully so I wouldn't be surprised if any of the Harrisburg players do the same if need be…..also…AA pitchers do bat when playing at an NL park…they do not bat at an AL park.

  13. HabsProf - Mar 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    I am a professor in the Cal. State U. system. One of my current students is a pitcher and knows guys on Strasburg's old team (also a CSU school). He tells me that apparently, right to the end of school, Strasburg attended all of his classes. Every flippin' one. I can tell you that many players in his position heading into the draft just blow off all their courses.This is just one more thing that confirms all we've heard about him: he is NOT a prima donna. He is prepared to work and understands the idea of development. I'm not surprised to hear that he has taken his AA assignment in stride.

  14. Dave - Mar 20, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Anonymous @ 12:39 PM: "The jump from AA to the show is very common."Cf. one Ryan Zimmerman, 2005.

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