Rizzo On Strasburg, Storen... and Crow
Nationals acting GM Mike Rizzo just fielded about a dozen questions from the media regarding the team's top two draft picks, San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg and Stanford right-handed reliever Drew Storen. If you'll excuse the occasional typo and excessive shorthand, I will post the Q and A here:
(Opening statements) "This is a great day in Nationals franchise history. The first-round picks for the Nationals are in the books... Both pitchers possess outstanding makeup, outstanding skills and outstanding character. We couldn't have been pleased any more to have both of these pitchers available when we picked."
(Was Strasburg a slam dunk?) We weren't going to pass on best player in the draft. We were going to take best player available at all times."
(Signing Strasburg?) "We're optimistic about signing all our draft choices. We don't negotiate through the media, so I'm not going to do that here. But we spoke to [advisor] Scott Boras in a congratulatory phone call. We also had a detailed call with Stephen Strasburg. He was elated to be drafted by the Nationals and picked with the first overall pick, and he was having a great time in California with the rest of this teammates from San Diego State."
(Is Storen a starter or reliever?) "He has the repetoire to be a starter, but we're going to keep him in the bullpen role. That's where he's most comfortable, and his makeup and characfter led us to that decision. He wants the challenge of having the ball in the ninth inning. .... He's a much quicker prospect to the majors as a closer prospect."
(When was decision made to take Strasburg at No. 1?) "Stephen was at the top of all our [provisional] lists at the top of the season, and he stayed at top of everybody's list. We monitored him closely. We saw every start he made, and I don't think we ever wavered from him at the top of our draft board."
(Straight to the majors?) "There's no player that's major-league-ready coming out of that draft. They've never experienced a major league season, the everydayness of the season. It's just such a drastic change from what they're used to in college and certainly in high school, that I don't think any player comes out of this draft and right into the major leagues."
(On Storen) "He was ranked very highly on our board. We got on him early at Stanford. He was crosschecked by everyone in the department, including myself. He was a guy we had a good background on. We've seen him for years since his high school days. We had him in here for a good sit down, face to face. He's a terrific kid from a terrific pitching rich program."
(Did Aaron Crow consent to being re-drafted by Nationals?) "We did not get permission to re-select Aaron Crow." [Explanatory note: Because the Nationals drafted Crow at No. 9 overall last year and failed to sign him, they were required to gain his permission to draft him again this year, and according to Rizzo, that permission was not granted.]
(Will Strasburg be shut down?) "It's all about the timing. It depends on when we sign him. We can't let him sit too long and then ramp him back up. I don't think he threw an excess of innings that would force us to shut him down. So I don't think if we signed him in a relatively quick manner that we'd have to shut him down."
June 9, 2009; 7:16 PM ET
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