Steven Strasburg: 8 IP, 14 Ks, 1 BB, 3 H, 2 ER...
That was the statline for the future #1 pick (fingers crossed he doesn't fall to the Mariners) tonight against TCU. I was at the game taking pictures and taking notes. Here is a link to the pictures I took:
Strasburg's 4-seam fastball sat between 96-99 MPH all night, consistently hitting 97. Along with a blistering fastball he has a knee buckling slider that is very impressive, it has an almost "sluve" action. I very rarely saw it hit a speed that wasn't 81 or 82 MPH. The significant speed change is devastating to hitters, and his arm angle did not appear to deviate much from his fastball, making it deceptive and hard to pick up. He also threw a two-seamer that had pretty big movement that was anywhere between 91-94 MPH.
Overall he looked just as dominant as I would have expected. This kid is the real deal. Other than a wind aided homerun (would have been a routine flyball on any other night) there were no balls hit hard off of him. He is the as close to unhittable as anyone I have seen in a college game. I tried to get photos of every phase of his motion and have some video I will be uploading to the main part of the site tomorrow.
Hope the Nationals take this kid, because if they don't we will probably see him in a Mariners uniform by September.
Here is some video as promised, it isn't the best quality but you get the gist of it (If you watch it in High Quality it makes it a little better)...