Highly-touted pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Stephen Strasburg both toed the rubber on Saturday, each pitching well in losses. Strasburg, the top overall pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft, made his third start since coming back from Tommy John surgery while Pomeranz made his second big-league start ever.
Strasburg went six strong innings against the Marlins, giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out three and walking none. He threw 61 pitches, 45 for strikes and left with the score tied 1-1. The game would go extra innings and the Nationals would give up three runs in the 13th for a 4-1 loss.
Pomeranz followed up his solid Rockies debut with 5 2/3 innings against the Giants, allowing two earned runs on four hits in a game the Giants eventually won 6-5. The fifth overall pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft by Cleveland moved to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. The big lefty threw 51 of 85 pitches for strikes against San Francisco and recorded seven groundouts against only one flyout while walking two and fanning five.
Both of these prospects are getting in position for the 2012 season, with their clubs doing the same. Strasburg has already proven himself on the big league level and was only derailed by the elbow injury late last season. Pomeranz is doing just fine through two starts. Stay tuned to see what value they can offer the Nationals and Rockies as both clubs look to fare better than their current seasons.