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Stephen James Strasburg is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He stands 6 feet 5 inches high and weighs 235 pounds. Strasburg was chosen by Washington with the first choice in the 2009 MLB Draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Nationals in 2010.
A talented however unpolished high school baseball player at West Hills High School, Strasburg played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs. There, he became one of the very best collegiate pitchers in the country. He pitched for the United States national baseball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. 2 years later on, Strasburg was called the “most-hyped pick in draft history” by ESPN and the “most hyped and closely viewed pitching prospect in the history of baseball” by Sports Illustrated. Strasburg’s major league debut on June 8, 2010, produced a franchise-record 14 strikeouts.
Several months into his big league career, Strasburg tore a ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury required Tommy John surgery and a year of rehab. He rejoined the Nationals on September 6, 2011, but was only able to pitch 24 innings that year. His 2012 season marked a successful return to form; Strasburg was selected to play in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Strasburg pitches an average fastball of 94.7 miles per hour.
On June 9, 2009, Strasburg was drafted primary overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals. On August 17, 2009, he signed a record-breaking four-year, $15.1 million contract with the Nationals, simply 77 seconds before the deadline, shattering a dollar-amount record previously held by Mark Prior, who signed for $10.5 million in 2001. Strasburg is represented by agent Scott Boras.
On May 9, 2016, it was reported that Strasburg had accepted a 7-year, $175 million extension to stay with the Nationals. The offer was made official the next day on May 10. With the extension, Strasburg became the first National to receive an opt-out provision in his contract, which will allow him to elect free company after the 2019 or 2020 seasons if he desires. On June 26, 2016, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an upper back stress. He returned on July 3 against the Cincinnati Reds, where he took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings until being raised from the game after throwing 109 pitches. The no-hitter was separated in the 8th inning, however the Nationals still won 12-1. On July 8, Strasburg became the first pitcher since 1912 to begin 12-0. His streak of successive wins ran to 16, including 13 decisions in the 2016 season, prior to it was snapped by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21. On August 22, Strasburg was again placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow pain.
In a May 27, 2017, games versus the San Diego Padres, Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 batters in a 3 − 0 win. It was tied for fourth-most in Nationals franchise history