News and Notes 8/18…
Both Rockies fans and Nationals fans are excited this morning as both first round draft picks, Tyler Matzek (Rockies) and number 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) have signed with their respective organizations. So at least here in D.C. it looks like there will be jubilee instead of fan protests at Nationals Park. Word has it here in Washington that Strasburg will be at Nationals Park tonight or tomorrow throwing out the first pitch.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Matzek signed with a near 4 million dollar bonus. The Nationals newest phenom, Stephen Strasburg gets 15 million plus incentives according to the Washington Post.
There’s a great article on Ubaldo Jimenez by Thom Henninger of the website www.hardballcooperative.com that talks about Jimenez’ quality starts and his improved strikeout numbers. Henninger is also the senior writer for Stats LLC. Make sure to bookmark Hardball Cooperative.