The Washington Nationals selected San Diego State phenom Stephen Strasburg with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. Now the only question is: Will he sign a contract?
One would think that a prospect would be elated to be the top overall pick in a sports draft and sign a contract right away. But that’s not the case in MLB, where some prospects never sign with the team that drafted him and they go on to have successful careers with other teams.
Strasburg was far and away the best prospect in this year’s draft. He comes equipped with a fastball that tops out at 103 mph, a curveball with great movement and a slider that can clock in the low 90s. There is no such thing as a “can’t miss prospect” but if there were, Strasburg would be it.
But the question remains whether or not he’ll eventually sign with the Nationals. His agent is Scott Boras, who has a reputation to drive up the price for his clients, which in turns upsets teams and sometimes turns them off of wanting to sign a prospect.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the odds of Strasburg signing at –130 and him not signing at –110. The Nationals have said that they would sign Strasburg no matter what the cost, but there’s no guarantee given Boras’ involvement.
Posted: 10:00PM ET