Here's what it came up with:
So there you had it, according to PECOTA the 22-year-old former number one overall pick would go 11-4 next season with a 2.42 ERA and 10.3 K/0, earning him a 5.1 WARP. Those numbers are pretty dominant, although based on the short bit we got to see him pitch last summer, probably pretty accurate.
Interestingly, PECOTA only projected that he would have 23 starts in 2011. That's a little surprising considering this isn't supposed to take into account his Tommy John surgery. It could assume that the Nats would want to monitor his innings because of his youth and value, but 23 starts is pretty low for a guy who is posting otherwise Cy Young level numbers.
What's scary, both in it's accuracy and foreboding nature, is that the player PECOTA finds Strasburg most similar to is Mark Prior. In Prior's sophomore season he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts. Of course, his arm began to fall off the next season as he only made 21 starts and posted a 4.02 ERA.
I think this is a fair would-be projection. It is kind of depressing to look at, considering the 2011 which potentially could feature NO Strasburg at all, but we need to take what we can get.
Agreed...we also have to remember that Strasburg's arm has not fallen off..he's like a car that just got a flat tire....should be good to go once they get the good years on him
Prior went from 116.2 innings in his first season to 211.1 in that 18-6 second season, Tom Verducci be damned. I don't think that's why his arm fell off. Some guys just have a finite amount of pitchers in them (with Livan being the one exception).