Aroldis Chapman and Stephen Strasburg may be forever linked in fantasy baseball lore.
Both players touched 100 on the radar gun in their triple-A debuts on Thursday. Each had gaudy strikeout numbers and allowed one run. Each will make a serious impact in the majors in 2010.
Chapman’s Ks were a little more prolific, he had nine in just 4 2/3 innings. He also edged Strasburg 101-100 on the gun.
Strasburg struck out eight in five innings. Officials in the Nationals organization said they hope to get Strasburg 150-160 IP this season. Bet you a free subscription to our site that 100 or more of those are thrown in the majors.
In other news around baseball:
Miguel Montero — Suffered a torn meniscus in his knee and was placed on the 15-day DL. He’ll undergo more tests to determine any injuries to his tendons before the team talks about the severity of the injury. This could be bad.
Mike Leake — A 2009 draftee like Strasburg and Drew Storen, Leake made his Major League debut on Sunday. He allowed just one run and struck out seven in 6 1/3. He was leading the nation in wins going into the 2009 College World Series and looks like he’s ready to continue that success for the Cincinnati Reds.
Neftali Feliz — Was named the closer, at least for now, in Texas. Frank Francisco has struggled and not looked himself according to team officials. Feliz should have been owned in all leagues before this announcement.
Jacoby Ellsbury — Injured ribs scare stemming from collision with Adrian Beltre appears to only be a bruise. He said he was fine and expects to be back Wednesday. He went 2-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base on Sunday.
Carlos Gonzalez — Left Sunday’s game with a tight hamstring. Without knowing more about it, let’s not jump to too many conclusions. However, hamstring injuries tend to linger and it could affect his game considerably.
David Ortiz — Struck out four times in an 0-for-4 game and left five on base.
Chris Young — Padres starting pitcher will likely be placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder soreness.
Charlie Haeger — Another prospect doing damage in the pros. Haeger struck out 12 in just six innings against the Marlins. He allowed three earned runs in the no-decision.
Chipper Jones — His back was feeling a little left out, so it decided to stiffen up complicating his oblique injury.