Washington Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been called by many experts the 'most highly scrutinized' and the 'most hyped' pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball. The Nationals selected Strasburg with the number one draft pick in 2009, and after a long negotiation period, Stephen Strasburg signed the most lucrative contract ever awarded to a freshly drafted baseball player.
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Strasburg pitching in a March 2010 spring training game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals
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Strasburg signed a staggering $15.1 million contract with the Nationals, easily surpassing the previous record of 10.5 million inked by Mark Prior in 2001.
Major League Debut - June 8, 2010
The 21-year-old Stephen Strasburg made his major-league debut on June 8, 2010, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. One sports columnist called it "the most hyped pitching debut the game has ever seen." Strasburg earned the win in his debut, pitching seven innings, allowing two earned runs and no walks and striking out 14, setting a new team strikeout record. Featuring a 100 mph fastball, he was the first pitcher in history to strike out at least eleven batters without issuing any walks in his first start, while falling just one strikeout short of the all-time record. He struck out every batter in the Pirates' lineup at least once, including the last seven batters he faced-also a Nationals record.
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How will Strasburg's career unfold?
Fast Personal Facts
- Born on July 20, 1988, in San Diego, California
- Height: 6-4, Weight: 220
- Played college baseball at San Diego State, and was also recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Harvard, Stanford, UNLV and Yale
- Likes to play golf in his spare time.
- Was married on January 9, 2010, to Rachelle Lackey.