Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper comparison easy, not apt
One day before Stephen Strasburg's journey from the draft to the majors ends, Bryce Harper's will begin. What will happen today, of course, is unprecedented. No team has ever picked first overall two years in a row. The Nationals will not only do that, but the two players they got each possess prodigious talent.
There will be a temptation to connect and compare Strasburg and Harper. On the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, Harper and Strasburg are grouped as "Baseball's Next Superstars." Well, if Bryce Harper is baseball's next superstar, baseball is in for a bleak couple seasons.
What will follow with Harper will be very different than what you've watched happen with Strasburg over the past 12 months. Harper and Strasburg will share going first overall, playing for the Nationals and never understanding the feeling of wanting for money as an adult. They will share virtually nothing else.
It would have been detrimental to his development, but Strasburg could have gotten major league hitters out the day the Nationals picked him out of San Diego State. Despite his mind-boggling numbers at the College of Southern Nevada, Harper could not compete in the majors right now. He's 17. He probably won't reach the majors until 2013.
Harper also plays every day - either as a catcher or an outfielder - so each time he plays in the minors, it will not become the kind of news-making event Strasburg's starts became in the bushes.
"It's hard to really conceive that anyone would have the mystique that Stephen has had," Nationals President Stan Kasten said. "And how will it be different with a position player who plays every day? How is going to be different with a position player who is obviously going to plod much lower in the minors and take a much longer route in the majors? I don't know.
"But if there are special steps required, then that's what we'll do. We showed a couple years ago with Jack McGeary, when we wanted him we were able to take special steps to accommodate what we thought was a special talent. We'll do the things we think we have to do even if they're unconventional."
FROM THE POST
Boz writes that the excitement about the Nationals' future stops in the clubhouse of a team that's lost four straight series.
After Bryce Harper is picked, the real work of the Nationals' refigured scouting department will start to reveal itself. Here's how the Nationals go about creating their draft board.
After the Nationals' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Reds, Matt Capps might be nearing shaky ground, Steve Yanda writes.
NATS MINOR LEAGUES
Syracuse 6, Durham 2: Justin Maxwell went 2 for 3 with a home run and a walk. Kevin Mench went 2 for 4. Shairon Martis allowed one earned run in six innings on four hits and four walks, striking out six. Atahualpa Severino threw three scoreless relief innings, allowing just one hit.
Akron 3, Harrisburg 0: Chris Marrero went 2 for 4, raising his average to .274. Tom Milone allowed one run in seven innings on four htis and a walk, striking out eight.
Wilmington 9, Potomac 4: Tyler Moore went 1 for 3 with a home run.
Delmarva 4, Hagerstown 3: Daniel Rosenbaum allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three. Destin Hood went 1 for 4 and is now batting .286.
FROM AROUND THE WEB
Bryce Harper's fame represents the changing public nature of the draft, Tom Verducci writes.
If Joe Posnanski keeps writing about Stephen Strasburg, I'm going to develop a complex.
With Stephen Strasburg's debut one off day away, Baseball Reference looks at some of the best maiden starts ever.
June 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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