The Nationals probably did the right thing playing it safe and letting Strasburg develop at AA and AAA even though it has appeared he has only added to his legend in the process. The risk of having him come to the majors and fail right away was too great psychologically for a franchise that needs a Stephen Strasburg type of talent and ticket seller. Now it’s time though. The Washington Post speculates that Strasburg’s last start in the minors will be Saturday which means leagues that use weekly changes can get Strasburg active at this time next week. Even if it means sitting a starter making two starts, waiting any longer on Strasburg would be worse than telling a child to finish their oatmeal first on Christmas morning.
To this point in his professional career, the left-handed swinging Alvarez has not shown the ability to hit left-handed pitching with any consistency. Also, his swing, while conducive to hitting for power, may never produce much in the way of AVG at the big league level.
Last season there was a glimmer of hope that Alvarez had made a significant improvement in these categories. At single-A Altoona, Alvarez hit .314 in 70 at-bats against lefties. However, he only managed one of his 13 home runs against them. Once promoted to double-A his struggles re-emerged as he hit .232 in 95 at-bats against lefties.
So far in the 2010 season Alvarez has made little to no progress in his approach against lefties...(Continued at rotoprospects.com) no comments