If you read Baseball America, you've been watching Stephen Strasburg's career develop since he ranked No. 1 (subscribers only) on the New England Collegiate Baseball League Top 10 Summer League prospects back in 2007 and was projected as the Mountain West's best pitcher (subscriber only) heading into his sophomore season. Before his junior season began we explained why he went undrafted as a high school senior and why that was a necessary step in his development. By the end of his junior year, he was any easy choice as our 2009 College Player of the Year (his biggest competition was current fellow big-league rookie Mike Leake) and he ranked No. 2 on this year's Top 100 Prospects list (behind Atlanta's Jason Heyward).
By now everyone is caught up in the Strasburg hype, including us. So when Strasburg dominated in his big league debut, J.J. Cooper and John Manuel had to talk about it for a special edition of the Baseball America Podcast.
In the podcast, Cooper and Manuel discuss what makes a pitch an "80" on the scouting scale, what this means for baseball in D.C. and why we shouldn't focus too much on projecting where Strasburg will go from here.
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