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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 tall and weighs 235 pounds. Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first choice in the 2009 MLB Draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Nationals in 2010.
A talented but unpolished high school baseball player at West Hills High School, Strasburg played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs. There, he turned into one of the best collegiate pitchers in the country. He pitched for the United States national baseball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. Two years later on, Strasburg was called the “most-hyped choice in draft history” by ESPN and the “most hyped and carefully seen 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.
A number of months into his major league career, Strasburg tore a ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury needed Tommy John surgery and a year of rehabilitation. He rejoined the Nationals on September 6, 2011, but was only able to pitch 24 innings that year. His 2012 season marked a successful recover; Strasburg was picked to play in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Strasburg pitches an average fastball of 94.7 mph.
On June 9, 2009, Strasburg was drafted top 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 due date, shattering a dollar-amount record formerly 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 actually consented to a 7-year, $175 million extension to remain with the Nationals. The offer was made official the next day on May 10. With the extension, Strasburg ended up being the first National to receive an opt-out stipulation in his contract, which will allow him to elect free firm 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 versus the Cincinnati Reds, where he took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings till being lifted from the game after throwing 109 pitches. The no-hitter was broken up in the 8th inning, however the Nationals still won 12-1. On July 8, Strasburg ended up being the first pitcher since 1912 to begin 12-0. His streak of consecutive wins went to 16, including 13 decisions in the 2016 season, before it was snapped by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21. On August 22, Strasburg was once again put on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow soreness.
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