Twenty-seven pitches. Fifteen strikes. No runs. Two hits. Two K's.
Okay, he didn't strike everyone out. He changed speeds pretty well. Showed he could fall behind in the count and still win the battle against a pretty good hitting club.
Strasburg kept the ball down pretty effectively; I suppose when you can throw that hard you don't concern yourself that much with the wind. His delivery didn't seem quite as violent as it looked at SDSU. His pace was decent as well; didn't rush himself, nor did he dawdle.
Speaking with a couple of scouts who watched the game from behind home plate, the reaction was about what you'd expect.
"His velocity was as advertised...he threw his fastball at 97-98 comsistently, 94 a couple of times...he showed me a little deception which I hadn't seen before...his breaking ball was good, but not lights out...his command was okay, he was able to locate his pitches when he had to...he was agressive...he had a good role model to watch in (Detroit starter Rick)Porcello, who really knows how to pitch...he's the best they've [Washington] got that I've seen this spring...great poise and presence for a kid just out of college."
One scout was slightly upbeat about 23-year-old lefty Aaron Thompson, who pitched 2 more scoreless innings, giving him 4 for the exhibition campaign. "I don't know much about him other than he was a high pick as a high schooler by Florida. He was at 88-90 today, with an 82-84 slider. He got 'em out, which is what you look for. Back of the rotation type at best, but he's got some ability." Thompson was the return on the Nick Johnson trade last July.