Tonight (Tuesday, June 8th) the newest crop of phenoms finally get their chance to show the fans of MLB, and fantasy, what they're made of.
Coming off a night where the Washington Nationals once again grabbed one of the biggest profile draft names out there (Bryce Harper), the Nats are giving Steven Strasburg the nod against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 EST.
Strasburg has long been a hot topic in the 2010 season and he finished his tour in the minors with a memorable 7-2 record alongside a 1.30 ERA and 65 strikes in 55 innings for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.
But remember one thing; a start like this can also be residual to the other players; like a shot in the arm. Hopefully one of the players who will step up his game to preserve the win for Strasburg (should he pitch well) will be the slumping Nyjer Morgan.
But on the other side of the coin is another Major League debut for another highly touted prospect Mike Stanton.
At 20 years old, Stanton is the second youngest player to start for the Marlins next to Miguel Cabrera and he is expected to start in RF against the slumping Phillies.
But what is better for Stanton is he gets the nod against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, who has vehemently struggled to find his groove and enters tonight’s competition with a 3-2 record and a 4.62 ERA.
Stanton’s 6’5” monster frame at the plate is one thing, but hitting 21 HRs and 52 RBI in 52 games is something to think about. Stanton commands the strike zone very well, and not only has a natural power bat, but a very keen eye for the ball.
Both players should get the immediate start tonight without hesitation considering there has got to be a cold player on your roster with the way things have been going this year.
If not, find a spot for them if you own either one, you won’t be disappointed.