Thursday, September 26, 2013

Who should the Nationals resign first?

With the emergence of both Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg as potential young superstars for the Washington Nationals it raises an interesting question: Who do they sign long-term first?

Bryce Harper, 20 is 5 years younger than Strasburg and that could make a huge difference because pitchers are more high risk and with Strasburg already having Tommy John Surgery it definitely will be something the Nats look out for. Harper has hit .276 this season with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs with 11 steals. He has already learned to take a walk with a .371 OBP in 488 Plate Appearances. He averages nearly  4 pitches per plate appearance and has walked 12.3% of the time   He is well known for is absolute hustle no matter what but it could cause some concerns as he has already had to go on the DL after colliding with an outfield wall trying to make a catch.  He is already well awarded as he is a 2-time All Star and won Rookie of the Year last season.

Stephen Strasburg, 25 is having another solid season on the mound he is the young anchor of the Nationals rotation for years to come. There are some injury concerns as he has already had Tommy John surgery but has pitched very well after returning from the surgery. This year he is 7-9 with a 3.02 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 176 innings he has walked 56 batters and doesn't give up many hits with a 6.6 H/9 rate. He throws 64% of his pitches for strikes but his strikeout rate has slightly declined and his walk rate has slightly increased.
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