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The greatest pitching prospects ever

Updated: June 4, 2009, 1:46 PM ET
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"This is my 36th draft. I've never seen anything like this." --A scout, quoted by Tim Keown in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, talking about San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg

Then again … maybe we have.

In just the last 20 years, we've seen several pitchers hyped as the greatest pitching prospect ever. Here's what was said and written about them at the time:

Ben McDonald

Drafted No. 1 overall in 1989 by the Orioles out of LSU, where he also played basketball ...

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