Chipper Jones praises Stephen Strasburg

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Stephen Strasburg

It's safe to say that Chipper Jones thinks Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is pretty darn good. Before Strasburg's start in Atlanta on Saturday, Jones had plenty of praise for his fellow first overall draft pick.

From MLB.com's Mark Bowman:
"The guy is dominant," Chipper Jones said. "He's got the best repertoire of pitches I've seen from any one single pitcher."
"He's like a Kerry Wood in his prime, Justin Verlander hybrid," Jones said. "He's got the fastball just like those two and the breaking ball just like those two. The changeup is what sets him apart. Verlander has got a good changeup. But his is a circle change that just kind of fades away. [Strasburg's] is a 90 mph split that just falls off the table. When your'e going up there gearing up for 95 or 96 and he throws you 90 and the bottom falls out of it, that's a pretty lethal combination."
Jones was placed on the disabled list after Friday's game against the Nationals, so he didn't get to face Strasburg on Saturday.

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