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Today in Stephen Strasburg

Wind and rain kept away the crowds to the point that Stephen Strasburg's live batting practice session this morning felt pretty much normal. His stuff, of course, is still anything but.

He faced Eric Bruntlett, Willy Taveras, Roger Bernadina, and Josh Whitesell, not quite the meat of a big league lineup. And their timing is still at the March 2 level. And there was an L-screen, a batting cage and no umpires. You get the point -- this was not really a significant moment.

Still, Strasburg was pretty awesome again. Strasburg threw for 12 minutes and the net production from the hitters consisted of a few bleeders, foul tips and grounders. Bruntlett missed one slider by about a foot. The first significant test against batters comes a week from today, against the Tigers. For now, he's been nothing but impressive.

"It's a little tough to tell this early on," Bruntlett said. "But you can tell he's got a great arm. He's got great stuff. He was throwing some balls that had some great movement on them as well. His delivery is smooth. The ball really jumps out of his hand. There are some guys that you know throw real hard, but it doesn't feel that hard. The guy can throw 98, but you can see it. He has that ability -- it's firm, but it's also hidden.

"Getting into a game, let's see how you work hitters over and his command is. Is he tight? Those are the type of things that start to matter more at the big league level. He's going to deal with that at some point. But certainly, all the tools are there. It changes a lot. He could be better that way. We'll see."

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 2, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
 
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More Strasburg - Yawn; Wake me up when he pitches on the 9th against the Tigers. What are you (& the coaches) seeing from the other guys in camp? Even without venturing to the minor-league/ACI side, there are still 55+ players doing drills, taking bullpens, etc; How are they progressing? Give us a little taste of some of the kids & "long-shots" before they're shipped over to the far-side of the complex, please?

Posted by: BinM | March 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Thompson? The guy they got in the Nick the Stick trade? Also a first round draft pick like Detwiler. Haven't heard a peep about him or is he on his way to pitchers and catchers March 5th with SYR?

Posted by: periculum | March 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

http://www.hotstove.com/2010/03/hot-stove-tv-nationals-chat-with-nats-insider-mark-zuckerman/

Posted by: periculum | March 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, periculum, what was your point?

Posted by: Section506 | March 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice commentary from Bruntlett, but given that guy's light hitting history, he might be saying the same thing about how the ball JUMPS outta Livo's hand.

Posted by: dfh21 | March 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Love the Strasburg stuff, please keep it coming. Would also enjoy hearing about other players.

Strasburg is arguably the most important player to the future of the franchise right now, so please keep close tabs on him while also checking in on players who may or may not have an impact on the club, but still have their own stories to tell.

Posted by: cassander | March 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@506,haven't heard thing one about Aaron Thompson? Followup to BinM. We won't being Strasburg start the season probably mostly because it would not be a wise business decision. And that would not be the Lerners.

The link is the hot-stove interview with Mark Zuckerman. He discusses Strasburg, but I paid particular attention to what he thought about the back of the bullpen and Capps as closer.

Finally I just listened to Chico's last hurrah on the Nat-o-sphere in your ear ... and guess what his "big surprise" prediction was?
JD Martin ... that's right JD Martin ... bwahahahahahahaha BinM.

Posted by: periculum | March 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

More Strasburg - Yawn; Wake me up when he pitches on the 9th against the Tigers. What are you (& the coaches) seeing from the other guys in camp?

Posted by: BinM | March 2, 2010 3:10 PM

I don't blame Adam and the powers that be at the Post giving us tons of Stras, they need to drive up traffic on this site. As Steinberg pointed out earlier today, the Nats Journal regulars don't exactly add up when it comes to Web traffic for this site. Strasburg posts might put the Journal out there a bit more, fair play.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 2, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Adam (and Boz and Dave), over on the Nats' message board a few of us have been brainstorming nicknames for Strasburg (San Diego native), Zimmerman (from the Tidewater area) and Kennedy.

Here's what we came up with:

Strasburg -- S.S. Dreadnought
Zimmerman -- The Virginia Destroyer
Kennedy -- (PT) 109

We think these nicknames are fitting because of the naval bases in San Diego and Norfolk, Kennedy's last name and Nationals Park is by the Navy Yard :-)

Posted by: ericp331 | March 2, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I guess we really are chopped liver.
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As Steinberg pointed out earlier today, the Nats Journal regulars don't exactly add up when it comes to Web traffic for this site.

Posted by: lowcountry | March 2, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and because Strasburg's initials are S.S. (yet another naval reference)

Posted by: ericp331 | March 2, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"Adam (and Boz and Dave), over on the Nats' message board a few of us have been brainstorming nicknames for Strasburg (San Diego native), Zimmerman (from the Tidewater area) and Kennedy."

Tony Plush is in charge of nicknames on this team, dude. Zimmerman = Peter Franchise. Strasburg = Jesus. Kennedy TBD, but no doubt will come eventually. So get with the program, okay?

Posted by: TBCTBC | March 2, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Chico thinks Kennedy will be "the flop" of the season. He wasn't impressed. I think Brian felt that Pudge would be pretty futile offensively. The hope is that his defensive skills have not diminished.

Unfortunately, H. Chico thinks the new nickname for Kennedy may end being a familiar one: "Flop".

Posted by: periculum | March 2, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I guess we really are chopped liver.

Posted by: lowcountry | March 2, 2010 7:01 PM |

Apparently, yes. Compared to the Blogs for the Caps, Skins, Wizards, Sports Bog, etc... Nats Insider is small potatoes. Just another memo to the Lerners that this team has amazingly little traction in this town. Sure, there's a small group of die hards, but not much else.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 2, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

We seem to be growing ... apparently Mark Zuckerman had donations as high as $500. If it keeps up he may not have to get a "real" job. I'm not sure but I don't think we are "chopped liver" and the Post has to now know that.

Besides Snyder only knows how to party with glitterati like Cameron Diaz. Alligator desks ... ;) The Redskins belong in the social section along with the Bog. ;)

Posted by: periculum | March 2, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg's fastball keeps getting slower. Now it's down to 98. What happened to the 103?

Posted by: lp_lodestar | March 2, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Still in disbelief we got Strasburg. It reminds me of the time we got Ovie. Awesome.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 3, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

RC-

I hope Strasburg ends up to be as valuable as Ovechkin. One has to keep in mind that Todd Van Poppel was supposed to be a pitcher so amazing that the A's were assured of success in the early 1990s. Wikipedia says that the Braves considered taking him first in the draft, but when Van Poppel said he wouldn't play for the Braves, they took Chipper Jones, instead. How's that for luck?

Van Poppel ended up with a 40-52 record, never winning more than 7 games in a season. Let's enjoy the hype and the potential, and pray he is the next Ovie.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 3, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

PT109... somehow I wouldn't want my nickname to be related to a boat that got run over by a destroyer and sank.

Posted by: gilbertbp | March 3, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I've been following this journal for several years, but only posted a handful of times, so there is likely a quite mass of us out there just reading and enjoying, but feeling we are not the baseball geeks the regular posters are and feel we'll be shouted down if we make a less that spectacular comment. So perhaps keep that in mind when ripping up other people's thoughts :) Perhaps we need your assistance to improve our knowledge and understanding.

As for me, I haven't been upset with the losing. I've watched the massing of farm talent, even if it's not always top notch, and I've seen how our farm is building up to respectable. And while observing these actions, I've looked across town and over the river at the Caps, Wiz, and Skins, and noticed that the Lerner's seem a lot more like Ted than Danny boy, and that the Nats are at a place the Caps were when they shed everyone. They built an impressive farm club, supplying them with quality talent that are now the pillar of a possible Cup team, while having Hershey stockpiled with more talent when needed.

I see the Nats, while still a couple years away from that, building towards that, rather than the Danny boy style of buying up every over priced free agent only to crash and burn every year. I've pretty much given up on the Skins being good again anytime soon. But I see many many reasons to enjoy the Nats, and especially with the change from Bowden to Rizzo, I am seeing a might brighter future is possible. Oh, and now I understand all those who were trashing Bowden several years ago. I didn't think he was doing terrible, but seeing how different Rizzo is building, I can see now that we have a real GM mind now :)

keep with the SS updates, but please add some Tony Plush! I think our early season success will be impacted as much by his talents as some improved pitching.

Posted by: Rogueone | March 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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