Strasburg with Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)
Strasburg was Top Pick in Major League Baseball’s 2009 Draft
Harrisburg, Penn. (Sunday, March 28, 2010) – Without question, the Washington Nationals are looking for young phenom Stephen Strasburg to be the top starter in its pitching rotation in the near future. As for the current present, the number one selection in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft will get his professional feet while playing with the AA affiliate of the Nationals, the Harrisburg Senators.
"It's exciting to have Stephen," Harrisburg skipper Randy Knorr said. "Stephen is going to be Stephen. He is going to go out there, do the best that he can and see what happens. I think once he gets through Spring Training, I'm sure he is going to be a little keyed up and nervous in the beginning. Once he settles down, you will see the real Stephen."
Strasburg is a right-handed hurler who throws in the upper 90s, and he rose to the highest level of baseball hype during a stellar college career at San Diego State. During his final season with the Aztecs in 2009, he compiled a 13–1 record with a 1.32 ERA. He struck out 195 hitters in 109 innings, and the San Diego native threw a no-hitter in his final home outing against the Air Force Academy last May.
"There are a lot of guys in the system who work really hard. I'm not the only one out here," Strasburg commented about prospects working their way up the ranks with the Nationals. "I can honestly say I'm not the only hard worker here. There are some guys who haven't received the media attention, but if they keep working hard, a lot of fans are going to get to know them. Just don't look at one player, look at the entire team."
Strasburg started Spring Training with the Nationals and was arguably the most effective pitcher on its staff. In no hurry to rush a player who holds so much hope regarding the future of the organization, Washington opted to have Strasburg start things in western Pennsylvania. No concrete determination has been made as to whether Strasburg will make a stop with the Syracuse Chiefs, the team’s AAA affiliate, before pitching in the big leagues with the Nationals.
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