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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 picked 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 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 seen pitching prospect in the history of baseball” by Sports Illustrated. Strasburg’s big league debut on June 8, 2010, produced a franchise-record 14 strikeouts.

Several 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 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, just 77 seconds prior to 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 consented to a 7-year, $175 million extension to remain with the Nationals. The deal was made official the next day on May 10. With the extension, Strasburg became the first National to get an opt-out provision 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 put on the 15-day disabled list due to an upper back strain. He returned on July 3 versus the Cincinnati Reds, where he took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings until being lifted from the game after throwing 109 pitches. The no-hitter was separated in the 8th inning, but the Nationals still won 12-1. On July 8, Strasburg ended up being the first pitcher since 1912 to start 12-0. His streak of successive wins went to 16, consisting of 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 discomfort.

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