More busts to scare Nats fans

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It’s Strasburg Eve, so that means a reminder of just how harrowing it can be to draft a pitcher number 1. We talked about Ben McDonald last week, but here are some more names to throw into the hopper:

Right after McDonald, [Todd] Van Poppel (1990), [Brien] Taylor
(1991) and [Matt] White (1996) were successively called the best high
school pitching prospects of the draft era, and all received
record-breaking contracts while being represented by Boras.

But Van Poppel’s contract-mandated call-ups to Oakland stunted his
growth from the start; a shoulder injury sustained in a fight tore up
Taylor’s ticket to Yankee Stadium; and White, whom scouts praised less
publicly in part because of Van Poppel’s and Taylor’s failures, never
made it to Tampa Bay.

There’s no way on Earth the Nats don’t draft Strasburg, but it’s worth
remembering all of the can’t miss kids who came before him.

Melvin Upton released by the Giants

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Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have released outfielder Melvin Upton. He requested his release.

Upton, who turned 33 yesterday, signed with San Francisco in early April after the Blue Jays released him. It was a minor league deal. After recovering from a rash of minor injuries, Upton batted .244/.306/.333 in 12 games at Triple-A Sacramento. There was no indication that the Giants were going to call him up. I presume that, back when they signed him, they figured they’d be contending and could maybe use a veteran bat. That’s obviously not the case anymore.

I suppose it’s possible that someone gives Upton a look when rosters expand in eight days, but I figure it’s more likely that we’ll next see him as he fights to make a team on a minor league deal next spring.

Carlos Santana left last night’s game with back tightness

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Andrew Miller leaving last night’s Indians-Red Sox game got all the press, but the Indians lost another key player in the game as well: Carlos Santana. He was forced to leave after going 0-for-3. There was no followup announcement after the game, so he’s likely being reevaluated.

Santana is hitting .250/.355/.446 on the year, but he’s been pretty hot of late, hitting .375 with a couple of homers in the past week.