Stephen Strasburg Getting The Right Directions?

Jimmy Beasley SrContributor IAugust 16, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 3:  Starting Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws from the mound against the UC Davis Aggies during their game on April 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

After receiving what is reported to be a new record deal for the number one pick in the MLB's annual amateur draft and not signing, we have to ask is Stephen Strasburg getting the right directions? Is the super agent killing a super player?

If the Washington Nationals don't come to terms by midnight Monday they lose the rights to their number one pick. Two years of 100 loss season and nothing to show.

Personally, I don't like the idea that if a team can't sign their top pick by a certain date then they lose the rights, and the player goes back into next year's draft. Give the teams more time to sign their players.

If they don't sign their first round draft picks say in 5 months, then give them an additional 2 months to trade the player. This way they get something to show for their play in the MLB.

I agree with most that Strasburg COULD be a great pitcher, but there's a HUGE difference between D-1 baseball and MLB. Don't agree? Then look and see how many from this year's draft make it to the show.

I mean the big show. How many of them will become a starter, one who can be relied on for more than one to three years of standout play?

The list is long for the so called "can't miss" players who missed, and missed big. How about Mark Prior, the last number one (Cubs first pick, No. 2 overall) and the player who's record contract will be broken when and if Stephen Strasburg would sign with the Washington.

I won't blame Strasburg's agent. I dislike him so, I won't even waste the space to mention his name. He's not good for baseball.

Meanwhile, in these tough economic times, when a family of five can't even come close to the game. Except for family night at home in front of the TV.

Please don't get me wrong. I like what I see in Strasburg and I'd taken him in my keeper fantasy league if my son didn't beat me to the punch. He just might be the next best thing.

But, until he signs and begins his road to the show, he's nothing but another first pick who didn't sign. Some who has huge upside as a prospect.

No matter how high the upside is, he's still gotta play. He still has to prove himself.
He has to do it against some of the best baseball players in the world. He has to not only face the best, he has to stay injury free. Its something many prospects failed to do.

Will he be that next best bet for the Hall Of Fame, or will he be a bust? Only time can tell. Time that goes by so fast that anytime you miss while sitting out, can never be made up. The time he needs to fulfill the lofty status of his projections. Time that he needs to master the game. Time he may not have.

My advice to the young phenom? Sign.

Sign now and start the long and sometimes winding road to the show. A road many have started, with his lofty expectations in the past, only to fall by the wayside.
Get better directions and begin your journey. For the road just may close, and close fast.
Get started while you can. You never know what's heading for you on your road.