UPDATE: Strasburg allowed four runs — one earned — over five innings and tallied eight strikeouts against two walks. According to the AP he was clocked consistently in the 97-98 MPH range.
Chapman tossed 4 2/3 innings down in Louisville, fanning nine batters and allowing one earned run on five hits. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay says four of those hits were infield singles. Not a bad start for both.
12:53pm: Baseball fans, listen up. Young pitching prospects Stephen Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman are scheduled to make their 2010 minor league debuts this afternoon and MLB.com will be streaming both appearances. For Free.
The pitchers are both scheduled to take the mound at 2 PM ET. Strasburg will be dealing for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while Chapman will be handling his business for the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.
Strasburg, 21, signed a $15.1 million contract last year after being selected No. 1 overall in baseball’s first-year player draft. Chapman signed a $25 million free agent contract this offseason.
The Mets announced that a handful of minor leaguers have been invited to big league spring training camp. Among them is former football star and current outfielder Tim Tebow.
Tebow, 31, spent last season with Double-A Binghamton. His season ended in July due to a broken hamate bone. Overall, he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 298 plate appearances. While the numbers aren’t anything earth-shattering, they are certainly better than what many skeptics thought he could put up in the minors, especially at Double-A.
Tebow will likely begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse. If he performs well, he could get a call up to the big leagues in the event of an injury, or in September when rosters expand.