Chipper Jones may have sat out Friday's series opener between the Braves and Nationals with a leg injury, but he did speak to reporters before the game and again gave high praise for Stephen Strasburg. The future Hall of Famer, in fact, said Strasburg may be the best pitcher he has ever seen.
Jones told reporters on Friday:
"He's got the best repertoire of pitches that Ive seen on any one single pitcher."
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones compared Strasburg to a combination of Kerry Wood and Justin Verlander. Wood has similarities as a former phenom and Verlander himself has mentioned Strasburg as having comparable stuff.
Verlanders got a good change-up, but his is a circle change that just kind of fades away, Jones said. (Strasburgs) is a 90-plus mph split that falls off the table. When youre going up there getting geared up for 95, 96 mph and he throws you 90 and the bottom drops out of it, its a pretty lethal combination.
Jones was interviewed in Spring Training by Fox Sports South during a Braves and Nationals game and mentioned Strasburg's changeup as the best he had ever seen.
The 40-year-old Jones has faced Strasburg five times in his career and has two hits, a walk, and a strikeout. Not a bad line considering he reveres the guy so much.
Strasburg is 4-1 this season with a 2.21 ERA and 64 strikouts in 53.0 innings pitched. Jones is a 19-year MLB veteran and one of the best players of his generation. It just shows how transcendent Strasburg's talent really is.